Artist-in-ATHICA: Sonic Divination

June 1-June 30, 2024
Artist-in-ATHICA: Sonic Divination
Participatory Soundfield and Feedback Playground

Sound Walks * Workshops * Group Improv * Deep Listening * Rituals of Textures, Noise, and Silence *
no-input mixing boards, prepared guitars, prepared turntables, tape machines, time lag accumulation, esoteric electronics, graphic scores: made and played by YOU

Open Play Hours / Drop-in Participation
Wednesdays–Fridays: 5–8 PM
Saturdays: 2–9 PM
Sunday, June 9: 1–4 PM
Sunday, June 23: 2–9

Midsummer Ritual | Durational Event: 
Friday-Saturday June 14-15 Sunset-to-Sunset | 24 Hours of Communal Listening and Sounding
(June 14-15 5-8 PM Featuring Collaborative Graphic Score “Names” by Claire Paul)

ATHFEST Workshops / Performances:
(June 23 5-7 PM Featuring Land Soundscapes Services On Call! by Carley Rickles & Erin Palovick)
(June 29 2-9 PM Featuring Vectrex Trinity: A 3 pointed system of visualizing sonic experiments by Aaron Artrip)

ATHICA is delighted to announce that we are hosting Sonic Divination as our Artist-in-ATHICA during the weeks of June 1-June 30, 2024. This conceptual sound occupation, led by visual and sound artists Jon Vogt, Shannon Perry, and Michael Scott Pierce, with contributing artists Claire Paul, Carley Rickles, Erin Palovick, Aaron Artrip, and Kyle MacKinnel, will activate the ATHICA space with interactive installations, workshops, performances, and more throughout the month of June. Drop-in anytime during open play hours or scheduled events to explore and take part. Come listen, take part, and divine sound with Sonic Divination.

In addition to a participatory sound field of multiple time lag accumulations, this immersive installation features interactive stations for creating and playing with sounds, visual and text-based scores, and workshops that listen into and respond to the emergent sonic space. The exhibit aims to inspire listeners into creative interactions with this participatory sound field and facilitate experiences that provoke deeper listening into the vital potentials of sound. Sonic Divination seeks to open up direct personal experiences of and ways of knowing in/with/through sound in order to disrupt binaries and hierarchies of artmaking (e.g., artist/audience, culture/nature, known/unknown, composition/improvisation, linear/nonlinear, discursive/material, music/noise).

On June 14-15 from sunset to sunset, a durational participatory sound installation invokes sonic divination, or using sound to explore the unknown. How can we create with sounds from the edge of the unknown? What might we learn from playing with sounds together? The emergent sonic divination space invites listeners and sound makers of all ages and skill levels to explore these questions by provoking listeners to become sound makers, contributing to the living exhibit’s unfolding musical collaboration.

IG: @sonicdivination

More About the Artists

Jon Vogt is the Art Studio Manager at Lamar Dodd School of Art’s main building. He is the current Board President and Chair of Exhibitions at ATHICA and is a local artist and multi-instrumentalist. His creative research focuses on improvisation, iterative pattern, modular systems, generative art, sound, and collaboration. IG: @holyunknown


Shannon Perry is an arts-inspired qualitative methodologist, holistic educator, and experimental musician whose scholarship explores how affective aspects of experiencing inform learning processes in diverse communities of creative practice. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development and Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies certificate from The University of Georgia.


Michael Scott Pierce, aka sweetearthflying, is an Athens, GA musician who crafts intimate sonic environments in real time, using found objects, guitars, modular synthesizers, and other electronics.  In their highly dynamic, electroacoustic improvisations, sweetearthflying explores time, texture, error, silence, memory, spatialization, sonic divination, heterodynes, otoacoustic phenomena, ASMR, and novel timbres. IG: sweetearthflying

Other Contributors

Claire Paul is a multi-instrumentalist sound maker and performer who continues to explore performance and process in both visual art and sound. She completed her MFA in Drawing and Painting from Georgia State University and BME in Music from Florida State University. She studied with Jeff Keesecker on Bassoon and guest lectured at Florida State University in 2015 to give a Masterclass on Electronic Bassoon performance/extended techniques. Paul likes to focus on graphic scores, visual work inspired by sound processes, and live experimental performance. IG: @ckpaul1

Carley Rickles is an Atlanta-based artist, educator, and landscape architect. Rickles’ projects interrogate themes related to everyday life and the built environment through field research, documentation, scholarship, exhibition, and social practice. Most recently Rickles exhibited her work at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Whitespace Gallery, and at the Atlanta Design Festival. Her work has been supported by Atlanta Interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Network, French Ministry for Europe’s Villa Albertine, and Arts and Entertainment Atlanta. Rickles co-runs Martin Rickles Studio (MRS), a female-led, national award winning, interdisciplinary design studio. IG: @carleyrickles

Erin Palovick is a transdisciplinary artist working primarily in performance and installation. She experiments with a wide variety of materials and immaterials, such as sound, and works along themes of togetherness and care. Palovick received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently an instructor at Georgia State University. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Gallery 400, the High Museum of Art, and MOCA GA. She has been a Walthal Fellow, an artist resident at The Hambidge Center, and more recently, received the Artist Project Grant from Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. IG: @erinpalovick_studio

Aaron Artrip is an American Musician and Artist focusing on the relationship between what we see and what we hear. Balancing between these areas, he searches through discarded, often forgotten analog and digital hardware systems to find musical forms of rhythm, pitch, and pattern. Aaron’s work takes many forms including drawings, prints, sound recordings, installations and performances. He received his Masters Degree In Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University and Bachelor’s in Printmaking from Kennesaw State University. Aaron’s work has been seen at The High Museum, Georgia State University, South River Art Studios, The Bakery, and Whitespace Gallery. In his free time, he enjoys laying down some sick nasty beats with a drum machine, creating new sounds with his synthesizers, or teaching a workshop. IG: | Web:

Kyle MacKinnel is an audiovisual artist living in Athens, GA via Connecticut. His work is informed by synesthetic phenomena, dream logics, evolutionary forms, absurdist literature, fractals, and decentralized systems. He currently records music under the alias Solution Cave. IG: @kreg_kale

IG: @land_soundscapes

The purpose of the Artist-in-ATHICA residency is to foster the development of artists and their artistic works and to enrich the programmatic offerings and community experience provided by ATHICA. For more information about the ATHICA artist-in residence program, to apply, and to see previous residents, see: Artist-in-ATHICA

Artists-in-ATHICA is sponsored in part by The James E. and Betty J. Huffer Foundation and the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.

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