HUBweek Artist of the Day: Ben Cosgrove

The HUBweek Artist of the Day Series features artists who are doing inspiring work at the intersections of art, science, and technology. These artists will be showcased during HUBweek 2017 as part of Immersion, a nighttime arts exhibition and at The HUB, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, HUBweek’s centralized festival site on City Hall Plaza.

Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer-performer who writes instrumental music inspired by landscape and place. He has performed in 47 states and composed music in collaboration with the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. His performances have been called “electric and exhilarating,” and his new album, Salt, was described by Sound of Boston as “deeply personal” and as “the human condition set to gorgeous, lush piano.” His work has been called “compelling and powerful” by the Harvard Crimson and “a poetry of tones and turns and motion and play that transcends the gross signification of everyday language” by Junction Magazine.

Why do you think the intersections of art, science, and technology are important?

Art and science have almost opposite ways of approaching, uncovering, and articulating truth, and that difference can make the two disciplines incredibly complementary: while science seeks to narrow the range of possible truths to a few objective, specific ones, art takes existing knowledge and broadens its scale until unexpected connections become clear. When those two approaches are set against each other, I think they can light each other up in meaningful and unpredictable ways.

What is important to you about art?

What’s most important to me about art is its ability to awaken people to connections between parts of their life and experience that they may not have noticed otherwise; I write music that compares different landscapes to different emotional states, in part because I find that going through that process often illuminates elements of those places and those feelings that I wouldn’t have seen beforehand. To me, the best art reminds people of the ways in which a certain concepts resembles another one, and in that process enhances someone’s understanding of both.

Field Studies (2014)

Learn more about Ben and his work here.

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