Gabriel Saloman Mindel is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and scholar whose research combines the study of sound and theories of power, particularly the use of noise to extend beyond the limits of the body in struggles for space and political autonomy. For two decades he has been exhibiting artwork, performing improvised music and composing for dance and film. Mindel received an MFA from Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts and is currently a PhD candidate in the History of Consciousness department at UC Santa Cruz.
History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz (2016 – present) PhD Candidate
School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University (2011 – 2013) Master of Fine Arts, Visual Art
University of California, Santa Cruz (1995 – 1997)
Public Programming, Unit/Pitt Projects (2015 – 2016) Curated a series of exhibitions and events as part of a curatorial collective at a publicly funded Artist-Run-Centre in Vancouver, CAN.
Project Assistant, Neighborhood Time Exchange, Mural Arts Philadelphia (2014 – 2015) Assisted in the planning, development and implementation of an ongoing artist-in-residence program.
Board of Directors, Access Gallery (2012 – 2013) Member of the board for a publicly funded Artist-Run-Centre in Vancouver, CAN. Aided in curation, programming and fundraising.
In addition to nearly a decade working as a teaching assistant and supervising art studio courses I have developed and taught the following courses:
“War & the Media: The Soundscape of Violence” (University of California, Santa Cruz, Summer 2021) Lecture course for 60 students, examining how we tell the story of American wars through a critical analysis of media with a special attention to sound, audio culture and sonic warfare.
“What is the Witch?” (University of California, Santa Cruz, Fall 2020; Winter 2022) Lecture course for 120 students, examining the historical and cultural figure of “the Witch” as means of introducing key concepts and theories in cultural studies, political theory, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist and queer theory.
“Interdisciplinary Composition and Collaboration” (Simon Fraser University, Spring 2014) Combined studio and lecture course for 60 students, exploring techniques for collaborative, interdisciplinary composition across dance, theatre, music, and visual arts.