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/

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.

Ragdale Residency | January 2016

From January 4 through 29, I am at Ragdale for my second artist’s residency. I posted on this blog about my wonderful experience and productive time spent here in 2015.

Here is my invitation to a soundwalk I will lead on January 24, at Ragdale for Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology members and fellow Ragdale residents, staff, board members, and donors.

Below is a photo album of scenes at Ragdale. I hope soon to add sound recordings.

Ragdale 2016

Acoustic Ecology and Ethical Listening Lecture at DKSG, June 14

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.

Ragdale Residency | January 2015

In January I am honored to be an artist-in-residence at Ragdale, a non-profit artists’ community in Lake Forest, Illinois. The estate includes live-in studios and a 50-acre prairie. My 25-day residency will provide time for many interests. This includes studio work, writing, class preparation, tour planning, and acoustic ecology. I will lead a public soundwalk for the World Listening Project and Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology at the Brushwood Center in Ryerson Woods on Sunday, January 25.

Ragdale 2015

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July 2014 WFAE President’s Report

One of my regular tasks as President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) is reporting for its online newsletter, the WFAE Quarterly News.

Contents of my July-September 2014 President’s Report:

  1. Update on publication of the annual Soundscape: The Journal for Acoustic Ecology
  2. Recent and upcoming conferences
  3. WFAE leadership update and information on operations

In addition to my report, I encourage you to visit the newsletter’s sections on WFAE member’s news, “sound bites” from afield, the feature article, the events and opportunities calendar, and research and projects. As the newsletter is a static web page, please refresh your browser to be sure you are viewing the current newsletter. Past issues are saved and available online, in the WFAE News Archive.

2013 Megapolis Audio Fest with Anna Friz

http://megapolisfestival.org/blargh/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/anna-eric.jpg7:30pm Saturday, April 13

322 Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

View directions here

Suggested donation $9

I’m excited to be performing with Anna Friz again, and we’re honored to be the “pre-festival teaser” for the 2013 Megapolis Audio Festival.

Our previous performance with Anna’s radio installation was in Respire (2011) at ESS. Before that, we performed on tour in the Eastern US, while creating Dancing Walls Stir the Prairie (2007) at the free103point9.org Wave Farm, for broadcast on Kunstradio-Radiokunst in Vienna. Our very first collaboration took place in the 2005 Deep Wireless Festival, with a different instrumentarium. Our radio theater work, entitled Other Music was created and performed with Evalyn Parry (text, voice, cassette player), Chris Brookes (voice, cassette player), Anna Friz (voice, cassette player), and myself (springboard). You can listen to the recording here. (Recorded live at The Drake Hotel on May 27, 2005; duration 9:01.)

Learn more about Anna Friz’s current and upcoming projects here: http://nicelittlestatic.com/.

December 5, Variations VI Performance at Neiman Center, SAIC

Variations VI poster7:00–9:00 pm Wednesday, December 5

Leroy Neiman Center
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago IL 60603

Variations VI (1966), for a plurality of sound-systems (any sources, components and loud-speakers) will be performed by students, faculty, and others in the Leroy Neiman Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Variations VI is one of a set of seven variations composed between 1958 and 1967 by American composer, John Cage (September 5, 1912 — August 12, 1992).

This performance was organized by composer, instrumentalist, and SAIC Faculty member Julia Miller. Projects/Systems/Scores are designed by its performers: Lee Blalock, James Connolly, Anna Friz, Eric Leonardson, Julia A. Miller, Alyssa Moxley, Enid Smith, and Will Soderberg. Located in downtown Chicago, the Neiman Center is SAIC’s first ever campus center, recently opened in May 2012.

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Photos From AUDIOPARC Launch In Laval, Québec

Launch of a series of sonic art events curated by Magali Babin and hosted by Galerie Verticale in Laval, Québec. On Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 Natalia Petkova performed, with amplified horns transmitting their sounds to handheld, portable FM radios. Jen Reimer and Max Stein collaboratively performed a multi-channel sound composition. Douglas Moffat installed a sound and video work. Following the soundwalks Andra McCartney and I each led on Saturday afternoon, Andra and I discussed our history, ideas, and current activities in soundwalking. Andra McCartney wrote about our soundwalks on her Soundwalking Interactions blog. My talk described the efforts of the World Listening Project and World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

AUDIOPARC took place around the Métro de la Concorde. AUDIOPARC continues through 2013, and AUDIOPARC is meant to present new and captivating projects with the bold idea to make Laval a playground for the ears. Featured artists in 2013 are Patrice Coulombe and Kathy Kennedy. Photos by Alexis Bellavance and Eric Leonardson. Production: Galerie Verticale

Link to the AUDIOPARC Flickr photo set at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCSJKtu