October 2, 2015 – November 22, 2015

Opening Reception: October 2  |  6 – 8pm

As part of the 2015 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series, Zenzizenzizenzic is a site-specific, 12 channel sound installation by Eric Frye, a Minneapolis-based artist. The exhibition’s title functions as an onomatopoeia (a word that phonetically appears as the sound that it describes) that linguistically mirrors an abstraction of sound one might experience in the work.  Focusing on the concept of sonic objects, the listener is asked to question both the reliability of their own senses, and the materiality of sound.  Investigating the perceptual organization of sound, Frye exposes the objecthood of sonic events and emphasizes the spatial aspects of compositional structures. Listeners experience the sound installation by constructing personal navigations within a sound-filled space, and are asked to consider what happens when the human and sound relationship is acutely reconfigured.

Eric Frye is a composer, artist, and curator currently residing in Minneapolis. In his compositions for live performance and installation he uses a hybrid modular synthesizer and digital signal processing to explore the perceptual organization of sound objects. His latest recording, centered around algorithmic graphing of repetitive sonic events, was released in December 2014 by Barcelona based imprint, Anòmia. His most recent curatorial endeavor, Exploring Compositional Epistemologies, was a series of performances and lectures focusing on philosophy, sound, and linguistics, in addition to a five week installation of Florian Hecker’s Chimerization / Hinge, that took place during January and February 2015 at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis. In April 2015, Frye recorded new pieces for multi-channel installation at Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition. Currently, he is preparing material for his debut LP release which will include a text by Russian philosopher Andrei Rodin, among others. In 2016 he will conduct research and compose new pieces for installation and performance at Orfield Labs in Minneapolis and EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm.


In 2004, Rochester Art Center initiated the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series—an exhibition program dedicated to promising artists working in the state of Minnesota. Since its inception, the series has reflected shifting trends in contemporary artistic practice and production and has helped to facilitate the creation of new bodies of work in a variety of media including photography, installation, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and film.

Now in our eleventh year, the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series continues to support emerging artists and to provide a dedicated forum for the exhibition of new work.

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The 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series is made possible by funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Zenzizenzizenzic is organized by RAC and curated by Susannah Magers, Curator, Art & Public Engagement.