Dario Robleto with Patrick Feaster

Dario Robleto

Artist Dario Robleto and sound archeologist Patrick Feaster are currently collaborating on a project entitled The Pulse Armed With a Pen: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat. Drawing on Feaster’s innovative techniques for “educing” historical media, they have been uncovering, setting in motion, and making audible the earliest extant traces of the human pulse and heartbeat – traces that were originally intended only to be viewed as still images, but that now enable us to bring to life the physiological processes of people born as early as the 1760s.

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Patrick Feaster is a specialist in the history, culture, and preservation of early time-based media.  A three-time Grammy nominee and co-founder of the First Sounds Initiative, he has been actively involved in locating, making audible, and contextualizing many of the world’s oldest sound recordings and has devised a number of innovative techniques for “educing” historical inscriptions (making them sensorily accessible in newly meaningful ways). He received his doctorate in Folklore and Ethnomusicology in 2007 from Indiana University Bloomington, where he is now Media Preservation Specialist for the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. He is also the current President of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Houston artist Dario Robleto has been exhibiting his work extensively since 1997 at museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York; the Menil Collection, Houston, TX; and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Robleto is a recipient of both the 2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the 2009 USA Rasmuson Fellowship. He has been an Artist Research Fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Artist Research Resident at the Menil Collection. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering. He was recently appointed the 2016 Texas State Artist Laureate.