Soundwalking & Acoustic Ecology | Chicago Parks Foundation

I thank the Chicago Parks Foundation for the interview and post on June 1st, “Soundwalking in Chicago Parks,” 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.

Soundwalks are free events, held across Chicago by various artists who have relationships with music, dance, socially engaged art and technology, black history, citizen science, nature, and landscape architecture. Teaching artists, many who are alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  have their own relationships with the residents of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, and with local staff and volunteers, actively engage residents in the care and use of these parks. Given our focus on the ecological practice of soundwalking and listening, residents gain a unique and enhanced understanding of their soundscape that builds deeper relationships with individuals and community.

‘Our Sonic Playground’ Journal of Urban Cultural Studies

My research article on urban soundscape awareness for the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is now available online. “‘Our Sonic Playground’: A model for active engagement in urban soundscapes” is part of special section that “…engages with the idea of activating a ‘sonic turn’ in urban cultural studies scholarship, in part through the evocation of the paradigm of critical and participatory citizenship, as well as through critical approaches to understanding how sound and music are implicated in the texture of a city….”
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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.

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.

 

Book Party for Transmission Arts: Artists & Airwaves

transmissionarts_cover.jpgAmong the work of over 150 artists my early efforts in the field of radio, art, and radio art were cited in a new book, Transmission Arts: Artists & Airwaves (PAJ Publications, 2011) by Galen Joseph-Hunter, Penny Duff, and Maria Papadomanolaki.

On Saturday, July 23 free103point9.org Transmission Arts and WGXC: Hands-on Radio (90.7-FM) will hold a book launch with radio art performances. If you are in or near The Spotty Dog in Hudson, New York (I won’t be there myself, but feel free to drop in and tune in).

Visit free103point9 for complete details.

About the book:

Transmission Arts: Artists & Airwaves

(PAJ Publications)

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