- Part of...Human Futures Exposition
Darsha Hewitt makes electromechanical sound installations, drawings, videos and experimental performances with handmade audio electronics. Her artwork grows out of a curiosity for the physics of electricity and an interest in demystifying the invisible systems embedded throughout domestic technology.
Darsha's studio practice draws heavily on the techniques and processes of experimentation of early 20th century radio-craft culture. She is also an avid technologist and educator. Her do-it-yourself electronics workshops are an integral part of her discipline and are presented internationally.
As part of Human Futures, Darsha will present her lovingly restored Sideman 5000 machine at FACT during the exposition alongside a series of videos that document the restoration process and celebrate the machine as an object. Visitors will also be given the chance to sign up to ‘dates’ with the Sideman 5000; Assistants trained by the artist will operate the machine so couples can enjoy special private listening sessions throughout the week. Don’t have a lover? No problem, the drum machine will generate rhythms for single people too!
In 2013 she founded the DARDI_2000 Mentorship Program in partnership with The Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam. Darsha recently relocated her studio to Weimar Germany where she also works as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Media at the Bauhaus University. She is represented by Perte de Signal (CA) and is a member of Le conseil québécois des arts médiatiques.
In 2013 Hewitt’ first solo exhibition was co-produced by Skol and Elektra Festival in Montreal (CA). She recently presented her work at: Modern Art Oxford (UK), WRO Media Art Biennale (PL), CTM Festival (DE) and LEAP Berlin. In the summer of 2014 she will exhibit at Sight + Sound – La Biennale internationale d’art numérique Montréal and at Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville (CA). In 2013 she was nominated for the Marler European Sound Art Award (DE) and completed a Fellowship in the Sound Art program at Hochschule für bildende künste, Braunschweig (DE). In 2011 she was awarded an International Production Stipend from The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg (DE).
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union