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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Raven Chacon


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 411.

Sessions are devoted to discussion of pre-circulated papers that can be downloaded one week in advance by clicking on the presentation title below.


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Raven Chacon




What Gets Amplified

Raven Chacon is a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music, and an installation artist. He performs regularly as a solo artist as well as with numerous ensembles in the Southwest USA, and is also a member of the American Indian arts collective Postcommodity. He lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He has presented his work in different contexts at Vancouver Art Gallery, ABC No Rio, REDCAT, La Biennale di Venezia - Biennale Musica, Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydneyand The Kennedy Center among other traditional and non-traditional venues. His work with Postcommodity will be featured in the upcoming Whitney Biennial and documenta 14.

For his GIDEST seminar, Raven will present sound works, music compositions, and installations from his body of work that are enacted in public spaces, non-conventional venues, and rural communities. His artworks utilizing noise, uncomfortable silences, and reimagined ceremony will be discussed as a way to envision the potential of durational actions. How can artists contribute to disruptions of social spaces and interchanges by creative shared experiences?


Earlier Event: February 10
Chris Stover
Later Event: March 10
Sara Hendren