Aferro Publication No. 40, Elevator Music 9
Elevator Music 9: Jeffrey Cobbold, Curated by Juno Zago
Elevator Music is a continuous rotation of experimental sound art curated for the permanent Elevator Music installation on the second floor of Gallery Aferro. The installation is comprised of a very early Otis Elevator (single digit) from the early 1900s excavated from the basement of Gallery Aferro’s facilities at 73 Market Street. The Elevator was cleaned up, refurbished and equipped with a motion sensor-activated media player. Guests enter the elevator and the audio-works are activated, analogous to the ways we may enter a functioning elevator ready to deliver us to our desired (or undesired) destination. Elevator Music is a space where audio works can become accessible within a visual arts gallery experience.
Elevator Music 9: Jeffrey Cobbold, curated by Juno Zago, invites music lovers to step inside a refurbished, early-1900s Otis Elevator and connect with original multimedia creations that artfully weave reality, desire, imagination and identity into a brilliant aural tapestry.
Inspired by his autobiographical experiences, Jeffrey Cobbold’s work acts as a digital storyteller conveying events of his life through journal entries, posters, and other text-based works channeled once again through the practice of music. In Elevator Music 9, Jeffrey Cobbold presents a sampler from his expansive project METADS (Music Education Through Autobiographical Digital Storytelling)
A New Jersey native currently located in New Brunswick, Cobbold is also interested in practical theology and digital humanities, which has expanded his research capabilities in the arts. His works have appeared in the 2016 MarketLab at Sonar+D in Barcelona, Spain, and won 1st place in the 2018-2019 Members Exhibition at Artworks Trenton in Trenton, New Jersey.
Image Credit: Samantha Renee Urash