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.

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/

A.I.R. Krems


I am honored to be one of two SAIC faculty awarded a one-month international summer artist’s residency with a studio and living quarters at AIR Krems on the Danube River. Located in the Kunstquartier of Krems, these facilities are provided through the support of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in an exchange with a consortium of cultural institutions referred to collectively as the Kunstmeile Krems. Krems and the Wachau region of Austria is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Visit my AIR Krems profile here.

Nature Sounds at Night, West Ridge Nature Preserve, 2018 Night Out In The Parks Soundwalk Seires

NOITP logo design by James LeonardsonLearn to listen and recognize the calls of Chicago area frogs

Saturday May 19
7:30–8:30 pm
West Ridge Nature Preserve
5801 N. Western Ave.


See the full Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology Summer Soundwalk Series.

Get the full Night Out in the Parks schedule through the My Chi Parks™ app!

Winter 2018 News Update

I hope the start of 2018 has felt full of potential for you.

It is my pleasure to announce a performance featuring Hamburg-based trumpet player Birgit Ulher. Please join Birgit and myself with vocal artist, Carol Genetti at Elastic Arts. Katherine Young (bassoon, electronics) and Birgit will open with a duo set.

Thursday, February 8
9 PM
3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60647

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Birgit also visits SAIC’s Department of Sound that week with support from Goethe Institut Chicago.

Upcoming in 2018

As spring semester begins at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where I teach, I eagerly embark on a sabbatical term to focus my own projects. Here are some of the events and travels I look forward to:

  • Starting January 29, I’m honored to be invited back to the artists’ retreat at Ragdale, until February 23.
  • On February 24, I join SAIC Professor Linda Keane and students from her Eco Design course at SAIC to give river ecology workshops for the Chicago River Student Congress 2018 at Bryn Mawr High School, a Chicago Public School.
  • A tribute for my friend Nigel Frayne, who passed away on January 8, 2018, was posted the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) News. He was a great friend and supporter of the WFAE, and for me personally, as its president. Please stay tuned we as we remember and honor his many achievements and quiet gifts through the year.

I invite you to subscribe and read past issues of my newsletter.

Best wishes for a healthy and productive 2018.

Sincerely Yours,
Eric

Birgit Ulher, Elastic Arts | February 8, 2018

Birgit Ulher with Carol Genetti and Eric Leonardson + Ulher and Katherine Young

Join us at 9:00 PM Thursday, February 8, 2018

Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60647

Birgit Ulher is an exquisite sound artist and improvising electroacoustic trumpeter. We have performed together on several occasions in Chicago and Hamburg since 2007. I anticipate this concert will be an equally exquisite experience.

This concert is supported by Goethe Institut Chicago in partnership with SAIC Sound. Share our Facebook Event

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Talk About for Taking the Waters | Eco Design Riverworks Chicago at SAIC

Taking the Waters | Eco Design Riverworks Chicago | School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Oct 30th – Nov 7th
33 S State Street 12th Floor

An interactive transient external partnership sound mapping and community engagement series of classes that visualize and reimagine a regenerative world.

Talk About for Taking the Waters
Monday Nov. 6
12:15 -12:45 PM, AIADO exhibit space
Eric Leonardson, SOUND; Linda Keane, AIADO
FISH Hotel Raffle to Follow
Conversation with Sound and Eco Design Students

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

Watch the archived video stream here.

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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Monday, May 8, Original Instruments Concert

3:00-4:00 PM Monday, May 8

Students of Eric Leonardson’s Instrument Construction 4004 course perform on unique and newly invented instruments for acoustic and electronic sound.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 1st floor
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL 60603

 

Free beverages and snacks will be provided courtesy of SAIC’s Department of Sound.

Can’t be there? Tune in and listen remotely on Free Radio SAIC!

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