May 2nd through May 6th, 2015

There is no there there ---

A composition in four parts. Before. During. After.

To me, queer is simultaneously an intensely private and highly contested political body. In popular culture difference is often deciphered in the flash of an image, a word, a pose into a two-dimensional presentation, which is then identified, categorized, sensationalized, scrutinized, objectified, and ultimately ghettoized by structures of power and privilege. Sound, like queer, is a reprioritization of the nuanced body, the flexible body, the imagined body, and the listening body.

I find that in a visually dominated world we are conditioned to a flattening of information through quick optical interpretation of difference. A more complex understanding of subjecthood can come from the auditory, and this is why I typically work with sound. I’m less interested in what a queer subject appears to be than what it does and what is done to it, what shapes it and what it shapes, and more specifically where it asserts its autonomy and power in a world that is intent on its' categorical silence.

---From, "On getting it. Jules Gimbrone by Suzy Halajian."


Jules Gimbrone approaches sound and composition through architectural, sculptural and choreographic interplay. Concerned with a tension between conceptual systems and their inevitable demise, the container and the contained, the visual and the sonic, Gimbrone’s work exposes multiple failures and queerings of the performative and pre-formative body. For Gimbrone, sound is more methodology than medium. Gimbrone “makes noise-detectives and sonic snoops, audio trills and booms, seeking out the corner of a room with spatial intent. Gimbrone’s sound searches for borders of confinement and pushes through, beyond, under and around, taking up physical space and creating new space as it moves. The work quite literally inhabits places yet to be charted. Sound for Gimbrone is the most radical of mediums. Unlike water, which changes form yet remains a physical element, or earth, which is always solid, sound can mimic, shroud, lull, electrify, frighten and most of all, travel. (Niki Darling, ARTBound 2014)” Gimbrone co-created, and curates Pack Projects, an art-music collective based in New York City and Los Angeles. Gimbrone’s work has been shown at venues including; LA>