November 10 - December 12, 2023
From ICOSA Collective:
“ICOSA Collective is proud to present Soundings, a collaborative audio work by Colette Copeland with sound
engineering by Mark Menza.
Soundings is a collaborative community-based experimental sound installation, focusing on amplifying Texas voices
that have historically been silenced, specifically female, non-binary and queer voices. Over the past year in Texas
with the loss of women’s rights through the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, as well as the proposed legislation that
threatens LGBTQIA+ rights, I feel it is important for our voices to be heard.
Each participant was asked to choose a phrase or series of phrases that is meaningful for them and what they wish
to sound out into the universe. If they speak more than one language, they sounded in multiple languages. Their
voices are then composited into a mini symphony, resembling a chant or mantra, symbolizing a reclamation of power.
I’ve been humbled and honored to be a witness as collaborators find their power through vocalization and sounding.
Colette Copeland is an interdisciplinary visual artist and cultural critic/writer whose work examines issues surrounding
gender, death, and the complicated landscape of human relationships. Sourcing personal narratives and popular
media, she utilizes video, sound, photography, performance, and sculptural installation to question societal roles and
the pervasive influence of media, and technology on our communal enculturation. She employs experimental
narrative techniques to uncover hidden histories that allow for critical discourse. Her work provides a conduit for
cultural memory, questioning how we engage in acts of remembrance.
Over the past 31 years, her work has been exhibited in 34 solo exhibitions and 156 group exhibitions/festivals
spanning 36 countries. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute in New York and her MFA from Syracuse
University. She teaches contemporary art/studio practices, performance art and digital photography at University of
Texas in Dallas, Texas as well as writes for Glasstire, and Arteidolia online publications. She was awarded a
Fulbright Scholar Research Award for 2023/2024 working with female artists in India. She proudly admits to providing
her children with years of “therapy” fodder.
More information about the project and the collaborators, click this link Soundings Project
The Soundscape Project consists of sound works played via an outdoor stereo system in the breezeway at the
Canopy Complex (916 Springdale Road), from sundown to sunset each day. Each month ICOSA will feature a new
sound artist, culled from local and national artist submissions. Each monthly featured artist’s work will be played on a
loop and will be accessible to the public free of charge. The Soundscape Project provides sound artists a unique and
specific platform for their work, dedicated to the act of listening. For more information and to apply please follow this
Colette Copeland/ Soundings
Exhibition Dates: 11/7 – 12/12
Gallery Hours: Work activated from sunset to sunrise each day, (7:30pm – 6:30am)”
Reception: November 10, 2023 | 7:30–9:30 pm
916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #10
Austin, 78702 Texas