Mixed media installation with four-channel sound and text,
Solo exhibition at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY for the "Elevator Music: Investigations in Experimental Sound" series. June 25– October 16, 2005 (extended).
From the postcard announcing Rapture/Rupture:
Weaving together two centuries of tradition with Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg's personal history, Rapture/Rupture is a modern reconstitution of the song "Russia" — a shape note composition written in 1786 by New England tunesmith Daniel Read, with words from Isaac Watts' 1719 Christian reworking of the Psalms of David. The artist uses new technologies to slice, spread, shatter, and stretch a recent recording of the song to the brink of illegibility. He pushes the sounds to reveal complex emotions such as isolation, confusion, and joy. As much a self-portrait as a formalist revision of an archaic musical style, the eerie and ethereal score describes a simultaneous affection for and alienation from the shape note singing tradition.
— Ginny Kollak (Curatorial Assistant, Tang Museum)