Invisible Places 2017

On Friday, April 8 Amanda Gutierrez and I led a workshop entitled How do soundwalks engage urban communities in soundscape awareness? for Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal. With Norman W. Long in Chicago, fellow teaching artist who led soundwalks in our Soundwalks In the Parks last year, contributing, Amanda and I provided ideas and, of course, a soundwalk. A productive discussion discussion concluded the workshop. My colleague from Berlin, Antonella Radicchi posted an excellent text and images about the overall conference experience, including our workshop, and her presentation on the Hush City app, “…developed to empower local communities to identify, map and evaluate quietness on their neighborhoods.”

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Eric Leonardson leads workshop participants in “Ear Cleaning” exercise in preparation for the soundwalk. Photo by Amanda Gutierrez, 2017

Amanda and I will post our own workshop report for the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.

Invisible Places 2017 Call For Submissions

The deadline for the 2017 Invisible Places is November 30, 2016. Its focus is sound, urbanism, sense of place, and acoustic ecology. Submit your papers, proposals for artistic residencies, workshops and soundwalks via EasyChair.

The conference dates are April 7–9, and location is Sao Miguel Island, Azores.

Keynote speakers are Hildegard Westerkamp and Sam Auinger.

Along with meeting wonderful artists and architects, engaging science and society, in the first iteration of Invisible Places in 2014, I served on the international scientific committee and performed solo in the medieval cathedral in Viseu, Portugal, itself a charming place. It was an moving experience and expect the same next year. I hope you will come and participate, too!

World Listening Day 2016 | Sounds Lost & Found | The 606 Soundscape

606soundscapeFor World Listening Day 2016, I have organized a cohort of teaching artists and musicians who will transform our experience of The 606 & Bloomingdale Trail soundscape in Chicago this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 16–18. Events will actively engage in new ways of outdoor listening and sound making. Please visit the 606 Soundscape blog and Facebook Events for the full schedule. Attendance is free and open to all ages.

Along with performances and soundwalks, a global virtual symposium hosted through #SoundCon and the World Listening Project, celebrates World Listening Day 2016 “Sounds Lost and Found.” I give my brief keynote at 8:00 PM (Central time), following Sunday evening’s Sound Treasure Hunt. Watch the live stream via YouTube LIVE.

The 606 Soundscape project is made possible, in part, with support of the Chicago Park District and Trust for Public Lands.

Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, June 6-8

Tuesday, June 7, I am giving a presentation in the Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, held June 6-8 at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Ecoacoustics Congress 2016 will bring together scientists from around the world for an in-depth conference exploring new frontiers of ecoacoustics research and development. Sessions at this year’s conference will feature:

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  • Ecoacoustics Environment
    • Tropical
    • Fresh Water
    • Marine
    • Terrestrial
  • Ecoacoustics Impact
    • Health
    • Analytics
    • Community/Species Impact

Titled after the course I co-taught with Lindsey French in fall 2015, “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape” serves as a teaching resource blending ideas and practices of acoustic ecology with the DIY hacking aesthetic of new media in a post-secondary art school curriculum.

Our course blog provides a curricular resource for you to explore and implement, and an outlet for our students’ work.

Balance-Unbalance 2016: Data Science + Eco Action

BunB2015data-science4:30 PM Monday, May 9, I am giving a presentation titled “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape” in the Balance-Unbalance 2016: Data Science + Eco Action conference.

The 5th edition of Balance-Unbalance (BunB 2016) will be held May 9–11, 2016 in Manizales, Colombia. BunB 2016 is designed “…to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society in an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.” Continue reading

Radius Episode 63, SoundTent at Camp Sherwin May 2

On International Dawn Chorus Day I am inviting local citizens to join me at the shoreline of Lake Michigan at 5:00-6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 2. My “SoundTent” will be located on the beach one block east of Sheridan Road, 20 paces past 1205 W Sherwin Avenue, in Chicago.

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Episode 63: Eric Leonardson

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WFAE NEWS April-June 2015 edition now online

The April-June edition of World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) News Quarterly is now online. My “President’s Report” updates readers about publication of the next Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, and previewed some of the many exciting events concerning artistic and technological responses to impending disasters concerning water and climate at the Balance-Unbalance 2015 conference in Tempe, Arizona.

Soundwalk for “Ethics of Recovery and Loss” at Chicago Botanical Garden

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Forum on Ethics & Nature: A Cascade of Loss, An Ethics of Recoverycenter for humans and nature

I lead a soundwalk for the Forum on Ethics and Nature, a symposium co-hosted by the Center for Humans and Nature and the Chicago Botanic Garden. My soundwalk in the Mary Mix McDonald Woods has a special focus on birds.

On Thursday, May 1 I will lead a prairie soundwalk from 3pm to 4pm in the pre-forum workshop, from 12pm-6:30pm at Windblown Hill, Libertyville, IL (former home of Center founder, Strachen Donnelly).

2014 is the centennial year of the death of “Martha” the last passenger pigeon, a species that once flourished here in the billions. Quoting from the forum’s web page, “The 2014 Forum on Ethics and Nature will mark this occasion by exploring the topic of extinction in non-obvious ways, balancing information and personal stories with ethical reflection about the possibilities of social and ecological recovery.”

Visitors’ information at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Avatar for the Center for Humans and Nature by Ansell Bray

 

Invisible Places | Sounding Cities Symposium

poster invisible placesI am working on the international scientific committee for Invisible Places | Sounding Cities, a symposium on sound, urbanism, and sense of place happening 18–20 July, 2014 in Viseu, Portugal. The call for submissions was announced January 13.

Three sections will be featured with a keynote by Jean-Paul Thibaud from CRNS at CRESSON for the section on Architecture and Urban Planning. Keynote speaker Brandon Labelle heads the section on Urban Sounds, Identity and Sense of Place, and Salomé Voegelin is our keynote speaker for Sound Art As Public Art. The symposium enjoys the support of a large arts festival called Jardins Efémeros in association with several other institutions and organizations, including the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. The conference includes numerous soundwalks, concerts—including my own solo performance—sound installations, and a solo concert and workshop by Francisco López.

Oct 6, EcoMedia Panel at International Sculpture Conference

Time/Date: 10:00—11:30 AM Saturday, October 6
Location: Columbus Auditorium at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
280 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60603

During the 23rd International Sculpture Conference I will speak on a panel entitled, EcoMedia: Environmental Science & Technology & Interaction in Public Art. The panel’s moderator is Andrea Polli. The panelists are Paul Catanese, Eric Leonardson, and Russell Bauer.

In the 21st century, there has been a resurgence of ecologically conscious art using new media technologies. Like Eco-art, this recent Ecomedia movement is interdisciplinary and global. Ecomedia is heavily influenced by developments in science, particularly remote imaging and other Earth sensing (for example, the widespread use of GPS data) and developments in computer modeling (for example, detailed models that not only model the physics of the Earth and solar system, but also explore the Earth’s chemistry and biology). This panel will present a series of public art work case studies, both permanent and temporary, that could be considered Ecomedia.

The International Sculpture Conference opens on Wednesday, October 3 and concludes on Sunday, October 7. Visit sculpture.org/Chicago2012/ for registration, schedule, blog, and more.