exploring the role of sound in natural and cultural environments
Birds, Bikes & Beer – Saturday, 9/16
Soundwalk from 4pm – 5pm
Big Marsh Park
Park No. 564
11559 S Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60633
Norman W. Long (MSAE) and Sara Zalek (Butoh Chicago) will lead a soundwalk focusing on movement with nature. This performance/walk will deal with themes of repair, recovery, and resilience. Norman and Sara will perform a duo of electronic music improvisation and movement as part of the soundwalk.
Our idea is to engage the community with a soundwalk. A soundwalk is a guided exploration of a site using listening focused skills. We will listen to how the site sounds, as we are moving through it. We believe that through listening we have a tool to define communities and ourselves. We can also use those tools to shape who we are and where we live. We will be listening for changes, interactions, conditions, weather, traffic, animals, insects, people, vehicles and other factors in what makes a place what it is. Our performances are an example of how we can creatively engage a soundscape through listening, movement, meditation, amplification, and improvisation.
"As mostly sessile beings, plants nevertheless actively express themselves through growth and position, whether or not we discern these changes through human perception. Many plants signal via airborne chemicals, sending promiscuous signals into the atmosphere. Communication often focuses on the sender, but what is possible when we consider our role as a receiver? What kind of communication is sense-based? Drawing from biological modes of communication, visitors will be invited into practices of active and sensual listening. Alternating between motion and stillness, along the river and under a canopy of trees, we will attune to both sounds and sensation in practices of radical receptivity." –Lindsey french
Join Lindsey french for Sensing and Sensation, a sensory #Soundwalk along the south branch of the Chicago River.
Free and open to the public! All welcome!
Saturday, July 28, 4-6 PM
Ping Tom Memorial Park
300 W 19th St, Chicago, Illinois 60616
Meet at the Pagoda located west of the 19th Street entrance near the Water Taxi landing.