In Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel Dune, just hearing the name "Muad'Dib" could kill you. In the Bible, Joshua blew his trumpet and knocked down the walls of Jericho. At Enso Artspace, 120 E. 38th St. in Garden City, sound will blow your mind.
Featuring the work of electronic sound installation artist Dr. Ted Apel, the "Incidental Speakers" exhibit examines "our conceptions of sound perception separated from sonic phenomena." Whoa.
Apel, a teacher of electronic music at Boise State University, has had his work shown around the world, including at the SoundCulture festival in San Francisco; the Audio Art Festival in Krakow, Poland; and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. His sound installations also earned him an honorable mention at the Linz, Austria, Prix Ars Electronica in 2001 and the grand prize in the 2004 Idaho Triennial.
Opening reception for "Incidental Speakers" is Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 p.m.-8p.m. The exhibit opens Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and runs every Thursday from 3 p.m.-8 p.m., or by appointment, until Oct. 11, featuring a Soup-Talk-Art with Apel and guest UK sound artist Lee Ray Wednesday, Sept. 18. Cost for the Apel/Ray talk is $12. Reserve your seat at ensoartspace.com/events.
In other gallery news, members of the Boise State Art Department faculty will show their work at the "2013 Biennial Exhibition," starting with an opening reception at the campus Visual Arts Center Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The show, featuring media running the gamut from ceramics and printmaking to sculpture, photography and video, will continue in Gallery 1 at the Liberal Arts Building and Gallery 2 in the Hemingway Center through Oct. 29. A discussion with faculty members Kate Walker, Caroline Earley and Jill Fitterer is slated for Oct. 24.
Moving from visual to performance art, Trey McIntyre Project hosts a Meet the Dancers event Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at TMP HQ, 2285 Warm Springs Ave. in Boise. Meet the new and returning dancers for Year 6 and take in a dress rehearsal performance of "A Day in the Life," featuring music by The Beatles. According to the dance company, this will be Boiseans' only chance to see one of TMP's most acclaimed ballets this season. Cost is $35 per person and seating is limited.