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.

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.

Workshop: Eco-sensing and the Soundscape at Light Box

Eco-sensing and the Soundscape Workshop

Saturday, April 28 at 10 AM – 1 PM EDT

Light Box, 8641 Linwood St, Detroit, Michigan 48206

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Celebrating Pauline Oliveros, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology

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Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology Volume 16 “Sounds Emergent: Diverse Ecologies Part II” cover art by Todd Birdsong (2017)

It is my great pleasure to announce that the latest edition of Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology has been released by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

Soundscape, Volume 16 is the second of a pair of issues sharing the theme of guest editor Jay Needham, “Sounds Emergent: Diverse Ecologies.”  This edition celebrates the life and work of Pauline Oliveros with articles by Edward Shanken, Yolande Harris, Seth Cluett, Tomie Hahn and Stephan Moore. Also included are reviews and commentary by Honna Veerkamp, Maile Colbert and Heather Contant and an extended article on augmented reality audio by Leah Barclay.  My own report touches on various WFAE activities throughout 2017 including affiliate news and endorsed events and conferences. Read more on our announcement and download the PDF.

Advances In Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape / Balance-Unbalance 2017

Watch the archived video stream here.

Singing Insect Soundwalk at North Park Village Nature Center – Friday, July 28

Singing Insect Monitoring Soundwalk & Training – Fri., July 28

June 24 [New Date], Calling Frog Soundwalk At West Ridge Nature Preserve

5801 N. Western Ave.
Saturday, June 24
7:30 – 9:30 PM

Calling Frog Soundwalk

NOITP logo design by James LeonardsonFrogs and toads are considered bellwether species. Their emergence or disappearance indicate changes in the health of our environment. Our evening soundwalk with Eric Leonardson will provide an introduction to some of the sounds of the several species, as well as their presence within the overall West Ridge soundscape. Learn about the West Ridge frog monitoring and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Calling Frog Survey. Decode the signals and undertones of plants, animals, and urban life. Become a citizen scientist. (Rain date June 24.)

Follow the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology to learn more 2017 Soundwalks In the Parks series.

Soundwalking & Acoustic Ecology | Chicago Parks Foundation

Big thanks to the Chicago Parks Foundation for posting the  June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” interview highlighting the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s Night Out In the Parks soundwalk series, employing local teaching artists with support of the Chicago Park District.

I describe how our thematically-focused soundwalks can serve as immersive, mindful ways to entertain, research, and discover a rich variety of meanings and interrelationships in one’s soundscape.

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