(l to r) Graduate student Yuxuan Kong, Peer Bode, Emil Schult and Burchfield Penney associate director Don Metz preview The Sounds of Charles Burchfield, a sound installation featured in Emil Schult: Portrait of a Media Artist Pioneer opening today at The Center.  The ground-breaking German cross-media artist best known for Kraftwerk, one of the most regarded bands in modern music history, will premiere new work in his first ever American solo exhibition.

Schult at The Center

Saturday, April 11, 2015

In fall 2014, Emil Schult worked as an artist-in-residence with Alfred University students to create the work, an examination of the art of Charles E. Burchfield and the importance of synesthesia in his creativity.

“There is an energy, a charge and a history that Emil Schult brings with him,” said Alfred University Video Art professor Peer Bode, a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist with media works in museum collections worldwide. "We share some of those histories and traditions and then Emil is coming at them in some really surprising and advanced ways that are teaching us a lot."

The exhibition, co-presented by the Burchfield Penney and the Institute for Electronic Arts, NYSCC at Alfred University explores the depth of Schult’s career in visual and sonic art.

Digital Synesthesia: Romanticism-Zeitgeist: A Tribute to American Artists Charles Ives and Charles Burchfield, a special performance with Emil Schult and members of the Buffluxus and Institute for the Electronic Arts at Alfred, takes place this Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30–9 pm as part of the four-day listen festival. Tickets: $10 not yet members / $5 Burchfield Penney members. For information and more details visit www.BurchfieldPenney.org/listen