Open House Chicago | Aural Architecture

Join us 1-3pm Saturday, October 13 and 3-5pm Sunday, October 14 for Aural Architecture: Hearing is the Other Half of How We Know.

Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park
5500 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
free and open to the public

On Saturday, I will be leading four brief tours with Katie Wood from 1:00 until 3:00 PM. Katie and Christophe Preissing lead tours on Sunday, from 3:00 until 5:00 PM.

Augustana Lutheran Church was designed by architect Edward Dart (1925-75), built in 1967. His design is remarkable for its simplicity and effectiveness in enhancing the human voice.

This is a partnered event planned and coordinated through the Chicago Architecture Center, NON:op Open Opera Works, and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology for the 2018 Open House Chicago.

Balance-Unbalance 2018 New Value Systems | September 20-21

Advances In Eco-sensing and Soundscape: A Virtual Panel 2018 with Eric Leonardson, Dr. Leah Barclay, Alex Braidwood, Lindsey French, Amanda Gutiérrez, and Linda Keane.
15:30-17:00 CEST / 8:30-10:00 CST (Online real time viewing and listening link from Chicago, IL; Brisbane, QLD; Brooklyn, NY; Ames, IA and Milwaukee, WI to be posted.)

Balance-Unbalance 2018 New Value Systems is hosted September 20th and 21st 2018 by The Patching Zone, the City of Rotterdam and partners in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

This online panel discusses several ongoing projects that began under the name “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape,” a course taught in the fall of 2015 by Eric Leonardson and Lindsey French, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This studio course connected concepts and applied practices at the intersections of acoustic ecology and the hacking aesthetic of art and technology; opening possibilities for transdisciplinary collaborations and offering new understandings of our environments and our boundaries, locations, and roles within them. Subsequently, numerous collaborations and opportunities have flowed in new contexts and localities. These have grown with support for public engagement in the ecologies of sound, listening, and environment, demonstrating the importance of students and teachers who engage each other as partners in play and learning together, mentoring and activating local communities in the core value of listening. Recognition of this is shifting though it remains if this will be a lasting change with the dynamic and complex circumstances operative now. The panelists joining Leonardson and French are sound and media artists Leah Barclay, Alex Braidwood, Amanda Gutiérrez, and architect Linda Keane. Their individual and combined efforts engage and activate students and public communities in design of urban soundscapes using virtual environments, social codes of immigrant communities, river listening, soundwalking, plant communication, art-science collaborations, and human computer interaction.

The Balance-Unbalance conference brings together artists, designers, scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, policymakers, sociologists, entrepreneurs and technologists from the world, based on the conviction that greater ecological awareness can be created through joint efforts. The conference focuses on debate, new insights and finding innovative solutions for issues arising from the global climate crisis.

The 2018 theme revolves around New Value Systems. We specifically think of sustainability and social impact as important value indicators. Of course, we will also reflect on the practical, economic and philosophical issues that such new value systems entail. As practical applications, one can think of sustainable retail innovation; social value creation and revitalization of cities; revenue models for creative place makers; the ecological aspects of cryptocurrencies and how to interface new value systems with the current monetary system.

Find the full conference Programme and Proceedings here.

Faculty Projects Exhibition 2018 | September 14 – October 13

bamboo frames and plastic containers with audio electronics

Partial installation view of the Flying Monks on the Jib and Train by Steve Ducklow and Eric Leonardson, on view at Sullivan Galleries until October 13, 2018

Works on View at the Sullivan Galleries

September 14 – October 13

Reception: Friday, September 28, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
33 S. State St., 7th floor
Free and open to the public
Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Public Conversations and Activations

Over the duration of the Faculty Project Exhibition, Sullivan Gallery will serve as a site for activities engaging visitors in the interrelationships of sound, media, and ecology.

Of Sound and Site
Saturday, September 22, 1:00–2:00 PM

Artist talk and listening session with Eric Leonardson and Anthony Janas. The Flying Monks “perform” using multiple oscillator tones that reflect and combine with physical structure of the Sullivan Gallery. Created for choreographer Fujima Yoshinojo (Rika Lin), transform the space into a temporary sensory experience of aural architecture. Janas will briefly discuss his outdoor sound activities, inviting gallery visitors to “A Prairie In the Lake,” a nighttime soundwalk with listening stations at 7:00–10:00 PM at Northerly Island Park, 1521 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago. This event is supported by the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In the Parks series, organized by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology. More information at mwsae.org/.

Artists’ Statement
Attempting to transfer shared sites of wonder, or anxiety, or both into the gallery, I draw from personal history, selecting artifacts to complement what would be seen, read, spoken, heard and shared. Connecting my haptic, corporeal way of exploring or hacking my day-to-day life and the detritus that accumulates, I use a range of methods, from drawing to soundwalking to radio and Internet transmissions to live performance with electronics and readily available objects, to make and think about the city, including its non-human life in the air, on land and within the water as soundscapes. This, in turn, may reflect on the role of gallery as a site for sound practice; for public engagement, a comment on the function of place and space in cohering agency in a culturally shifting and fluid world.”—E. Leonardson

Faculty Projects is an annual exhibition that presents work by SAIC faculty who have recently completed sabbatical and other leave projects. By sharing their current work with the school community, faculty can communicate how their research and practices relate to the local, national, and international art and design communities. Featuring work by: Jesse Ball, Tirtza Even, BJ Krivanek, Alan Labb, Eric Leonardson, Nicholas Lowe, Frédéric Moffet, Peggy MacNamara, Peter Power, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Sarah Ross, Brian Sikes, Christoper Sullivan, and Frances Whitehead. Curated by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Giannella Ysasi Tavano (MAAAP 2019) and Shannon Herbert Waldman (Dual MA 2020).” Source: http://www.saic.edu/sullivangalleries/currentschedule/

People To the River | Eco Boat Cruise | September 11

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Tuesday, September 11
Chicago Rover Eco-Cruise Series
Chicago Line Cruises, just north of Centennial Fountain at 465 North McClurg Court (on Ogden Slip)
Tickets and information

This evening I will discuss my work with Linda Keane and SAIC students, teaching artists, and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, with Chloe Gurin Sands, heath advocate from the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, architect of Chicago’s Riverwalk.

Walking In Between Soundscapes | August 4 | Comfort Station

Join us for a night of experimental music based in soundscapes, acoustic instruments, walking, and microtonal improvisations by New York and Chicago artists Eric Leonardson, Jenn Grossman, Amanda Gutierrez, and Stuart Jackson.

9 PM–12 AM Saturday, August 4
Comfort Station Logan Square
2579 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60647

Program
Amanda Gutiérrez, in collaboration with Jenn Grossman
Eric Leonardson
Jenn Grossman
Stuart Jackson

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Singing Insects Monitoring Program – Night Out In The Parks 2018

Eric Leonardson's face with Night Out In the Parks text, images, logo Become a citizen scientist with naturalist and insect tracker, Dr. Carl Strang, musician, Rob Frye on birdsongs, and a soundwalk led by me.

Wednesday, July 25 at 7 PM9 PM CDT

Legion Park
3100 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago IL 60659

Free and open to the public! All welcome!

Meet at the prairie plant garden south of Bryn Mawr Avenue located between the driveway to Northside College Preparatory High School and the river. Google Map.

Visit Singing Insects Monitoring Program prior to the program to learn some of the calls we’ll be listening for!

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Masters International Media Cultural Workshop

In mid-June, 2018 I led a 3-day workshop for over 20 graduate students of the International Media Cultural Work program at the Dieburg Media Campus of Hochschule Darmstadt. Their prompt, “How do you actively engage others in listening for everyday sounds,” was explored through ear cleaning exercises, soundwalking, site visits, and discussion, then realized for public performance in soundwalks led by the students in the finissage of their exhibition on Sunday, June 24 at the Rathaus and Museum Schloss Fechenbach.

Nature Sounds at Night, West Ridge Nature Preserve, 2018 Night Out In The Parks Soundwalk Seires

NOITP logo design by James LeonardsonLearn to listen and recognize the calls of Chicago area frogs

Saturday May 19
7:30–8:30 pm
West Ridge Nature Preserve
5801 N. Western Ave.


See the full Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Summer Soundwalk Series.

Get the full Night Out in the Parks schedule through the My Chi Parks™ app!

Proceedings of Invisible Places 2017

The proceedings of Invisible Places 2017 | Sound Urbanism and Sense of Place were finally released last month and are free to download!

Get them in a single, exquisitely designed 685-page PDF from http://invisibleplaces.org/#proceedings.

Reflections about our workshop titled, “How do Soundwalks Engage Urban Communities in Soundscape Awareness?” was co-written with fellow Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Board members, Amanda Gutierrez and Norman W. Long.

Keynotes by Juhani Pallasmaa, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Sam Auinger are included along nearly 40 papers plus artists talks, soundwalks, workshops, and photos.

Invisible Places took place on 7– 9 April 2017 São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

Eric Leonardson, Chris Reilly, Ben Miller at Light Box, Saturday April 28

Saturday April 28 I am honored to perform with local sound artists and instrument makers, Chris Reilly and Ben Miller.

Light Box
8641 Linwood St.
Detroit MI 48206
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This will be our first public performance for us three together. Chris Reilly works with similar devices to my Springboard plus software-based instruments and visual projections. Ben Miller’s estimable achievements in the Detroit/Ann Arbor post-punk scene, and current performance with his self-deconstructed multi-phonic guitar promises to fill out the sonic splendor of this evening. Continue reading