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Performance

Silo City Reading Series (with Johann Diedrick)

Saturday, August 27, 7:30 pm @ Silo City
Free or suggested donation
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Squeaky Wheel is excited to collaborate with Just Buffalo Literary Center in presenting the Silo City Reading Series! Featuring poets Jericho Brown, JBLC Poetry Fellow Ashia Ajani, a musical performance by Florist, we are excited to finally welcome artist Johann Diedrick to Silo City as originally intended: Diedrick will be performing Prelude to Wake, which he worked on remotely for Silo City as a Workspace Resident in 2020.

Prelude to Wake is an urgent, mournful, and world-building sonic performance that centers the loss of ourselves and environments due to climate change. The work is performed by a fictional character named “The Sound Collector” who collects buried vibrations and releases them from material through an ancient technological device. Combining field recordings, original music composition, and generative audio techniques, Prelude to Wake stages an encounter between the audience, a past that we are losing due to catastrophe, and what may exist in the future.

Biography of the artist

Johann Diedrick is an award-winning artist, engineer, and musician that makes installations, performances, and sculptures for experiencing the world through sonic encounter. He surfaces resonant histories of past interactions inscribed in material and embedded in space, peeling back vibratory layers to reveal hidden memories and untold stories. He shares his tools and techniques through listening tours, workshops, and open-source hardware/software. He is the founder of A Quiet Life, a sonic engineering and research studio that designs and builds audio-related software and hardware products for revealing new sonic possibilities off the grid. He is the Director of Engineering at Somewhere Good, a 2022 Future Imagination Collaboratory Fellow at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, a 2021 Mozilla Creative Media Award recipient, a 2020 Pioneer Works Technology resident, a member of NEW INC, and an adjunct professor at NYU’s ITP program. His work has been featured in Wire Magazine, Musicworks Magazine, and presented internationally at MoMA PS1, the New Museum, Ars Electronica, Science Gallery Dublin, Somerset House, and multiple NIME conferences, among others.

About Just Buffalo

Just Buffalo Literary Center’s mission is to create and strengthen communities through the literary arts. And for more than 45 years, we have brought the world’s greatest writers to Buffalo, hosted poetry events and readings, and supported the development of young writers. We believe in the love of reading, the art of writing, and the power of the literary arts to transform individual lives and communities.