Becker College Professor Exhibits Sound Sculptures at REACH

Published on Friday, April 12th, 2013

Associate Professor of Game Design Derek Hoffend was invited, and is participating in the art show REACH, a multi-city exhibition of more than 35 contemporary artists across nine venues in Easthampton and Holyoke, Mass.

Professor Hoffend’s exhibit space is in the Eastworks building in Easthampton, where he is showing two of his larger interactive multi-channel sound-sculptures: Sonotron and Incubator. (Read more.)

Eastworks is located at 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, Mass. and is open Thursdays, 2:00-8:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, noon-8:00 p.m. REACH exhibits close on May 4.

The official opening event, called ReachFest, is on Saturday, April 13.  There are a variety of performances, events, and video screenings happening on that day, in Holyoke and Easthampton, including music and performance-art.

Hoffend is a visual and audio artist who creates sound-sculpture installations and electro-acoustic music. His works have been performed or installed at Mobius Artist Space (Boston, MA), IBM (Cambridge, MA), Microsoft Start-up Labs (Cambridge, MA), the Distillery Gallery (South Boston, MA), Studio Soto (Boston, MA), Union Square (Somerville, MA), The Enormous Room (Cambridge, MA), sQuareone Studio (Boston, MA), 90.3 WZBC (Boston, MA), Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Sonotheque (Chicago, IL), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Athenaeum Theater, (Chicago, IL), and Consolidated Works (Seattle, WA).

Hoffend holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in art and technology, an M.A. from New York University in studio art, and a BFA from the State University of New York at Fredonia in sculpture and photography. He has also worked as a full-time visiting faculty in sound at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and adjunct faculty in animation at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He is also a member of the New England Phonographer’s Union and the Mobius Artist Group, a non-profit intermedia artist collective based in Boston.


REACH invites local and national artists to show in a multi-city exhibition of contemporary practitioners working in a variety of non-traditional formats. REACH promotes visibility, aims to bridge the arts and spaces in neighboring cities, encourages collaborative experimentation, and invites community members to participate in experiencing an array of contemporary art practices that are exhibited in a variety of traditional, nontraditional, and underutilized spaces throughout participating cities.