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Sound Affect

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Reception Thursday, January 11th, 6-9pm
Recordings scheduled through January

The Icebox Project Space is excited to welcome in the new year with Sound Affect, a month-long project transforming the Icebox into a hybrid recording booth/observatory. For the past three years in January, the Icebox has asked members of Philadelphia’s greater creative community to submit a prediction for the coming year, published as a document of hopes and fears told through collected dinner conversations, drawings, images, and text. Last year, our predictions resulted in an incredible night of performances: Future Perfect.

This year, we listen to sound as having both the ability to tell the future, but also speak of the past; and as such we will be recording audio predictions in the Icebox. Considering the comment by Ruth Bader Ginsburg about the true symbol of the United States not being a bald eagle but a pendulum, and looking back at several conversations that came out of our 2017 programming including Taji Ra’oof Nahl’s Amplified Repertoir-Baton, Mina Zarfsaz’s A Corporal Orchestration of Sounds, and Black Quantum Futurism’s Time Camp 001, we are stuck by time’s ability to coexist in both the past and future simultaneously. So, to imagine our past and future as the swings of a pendulum, the acoustical byproduct of this rhythmic cycle becomes the metronome or cadence of where we are today.

We are once again asking our community to contribute to this year’s collection of predictions. The Icebox will be available to anyone who is interested in contributing a sound, a song, spoken word, foot stomp, crash, or a whisper to the Sound Affect project. These sounds will be compiled and distributed as a sonic archive for 2018. Record your prediction at our Second Thursday reception, or contact to schedule a personal recording time.

Semi-Transparent, 2016 (still), courtesy of the artist

Announcing the Icebox 2018 Video Residency, Lisa Marie Patzer!

The Icebox Project Space is pleased to support local video artist Lisa Marie Patzer as the recipient of its 2018 Video Residency. The video residency program, entering its inaugural year, is intended to provide financial, technical, and consulting support for an artist to create a new work that utilizes the gallery’s unique multi-media projection system. Patzer is a Philadelphia-based video, web, and new media artist whose work deals with topics at the intersection of technology, identity politics, and the public sphere. During her residency, Patzer will work closely with the technical and spatial offerings of the gallery to create a new site specific video installation titled, “A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy.” Looking at the history of technological advances in surveillance and Supreme Court rulings on the Fourth Amendment, this project will engage the audience to question what is a reasonable expectation of privacy in the 21st century.

Semi-Transparent, 2016 (still), courtesy of the artist

The Icebox Project Space – Sound Residency Series

The Icebox is hosting sound-based artists within the space for periods between a few hours and up to 6 weeks, with a focus on experimentation and exploration of the unique acoustic properties of the Icebox (formerly an enormous walk-in freezer, which accounts for some of its unusual characteristics). At the end of each residency, the Icebox will release a track online.


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The Icebox Project Space is pleased to announce the 20/92 Video Festival Call for 2018.  DEADLINE : February 19th.

Past Events and Exhibitions

Distance≠Time, image by Neighboring States

Distance≠Time, was an immersive multimedia exhibition featuring the efforts of two collectives that investigated relationships between science and the self: the Dr. Pawel Norway Dream Machine, an interactive installation and performance by the Culture Industry Dot Club, and Time Camp 001, artworks, multimedia workshops, and lectures by the Black Quantum Futurism. This five-week exhibition ran from September 6th to October 14th and featured interactive performances, lectures and a panel discussion.

Distance≠Time, image by Neighboring States


Human Festival 01, October 21st 

Human Festival was a wide-view compendium of contemporary practices at the intersections of Experimental Music, Performance Art, Dance, Publishing and Visual Arts; both Nationally and Internationally. Human Festival seeks to utilize the hallowed structures of these aforementioned modes to hold a space in which art can be intimate, responsive and mischievous; a generous laboratory without partition.
Organized by Jim Strong

I have been in the tutor at Human Festival 01

Antonia at Human Festival 01

Maddie Hewitt at Human Festival 01