The start of this new year brings a special time for peaceful reflection, planning, performing, production, and fellowship during my 25-day residency at Ragdale. This is my third residency here since 2015. Ragdale is an interdisciplinary artists’ community established in 1976 in Lake Forest, Illinois by poet Alice Judson Hayes, the granddaughter of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw.
An invitation to Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s next soundwalk in the Ryerson Woods Conservation Area.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
$3/person. Register here or call 224.633.2426 to register by phone.
On this soundwalk I will be engage participants in their experience of the wooded soundscape, and making a sound map of the place, bounded by the Des Plaines River and River Woods Road. A soundwalk, as I offered in this piece, may be conducted in many different ways.
The short “What is a soundwalk?” video offers a media introduction on this practice.
Listening ahead, the final three soundwalks in Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology’s 2016 Night Out In the Parks series happen in December, in these parks on these dates, with these teaching artists:
- Washington Park, Saturday, December 11 led by Norman W. Long
- West Ridge Nature Preserve, Saturday, December 18 led by Eric Leonardson
- Garfield Park Conservatory, Wednesday, December 21 led by Amanda Gutierrez
Tuesday, April 26: Chicago local ABC Channel 7 News announced I am one of the artists creating cultural programming in the landscape of The 606 park system along the Bloomingdale Trail. My series of events will invite communities to explore urban soundscape awareness through a series of soundwalks, original instrument-making classes, beginning in May and culminating with participation in World Listening Day on the weekend of July 16–18. A schedule will be announced soon through the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In The Parks app.
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.
From July 22-26 I was honored to be one of several visiting artists at the ACRE Summer Residency in a rural landscape near Steuben, Wisconsin.
From their website:
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.
Review this booklet (PDF) to learn more about ACRE’s mission and their facilities.
Among the fellow visiting artists I was fortunate to share in discussions with were Brian Holmes, Claire Pentecost, and John Preus. I hyperlinked their names so you can easily visit their websites. You may be deeply inspired by their ideas and productions, as much as I was.
During my visit I led a soundwalk for artists and staff, and gave a performance presentation. I also did some field recording around the residency area. I started a Google Map [see below] to mark where I recorded, including the route of my soundwalk on July 24. Among the recordings is the dawn chorus from just before 4:00 until 8:00.
Please use this shareable link to the routes and locations of my soundwalk and field recordings. My plan is to try to add audio in addition to photos to the Google Map points, by extracting GPS locations contained the image files’ metadata. Perhaps it will be useful in future projects of mine and my students, particularly the upcoming Eco-Sensing and Soundscape course I will teach with Lindsey French this fall at SAIC.
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.