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.
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.
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Tuesday, June 7, I am giving a presentation in the Ecoacoustics Congress 2016, held June 6-8 at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Ecoacoustics Congress 2016 will bring together scientists from around the world for an in-depth conference exploring new frontiers of ecoacoustics research and development. Sessions at this year’s conference will feature:
- Ecoacoustics Environment
- Fresh Water
- Ecoacoustics Impact
- Community/Species Impact
Titled after the course I co-taught with Lindsey French in fall 2015, “Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape” serves as a teaching resource blending ideas and practices of acoustic ecology with the DIY hacking aesthetic of new media in a post-secondary art school curriculum.
Our course blog provides a curricular resource for you to explore and implement, and an outlet for our students’ work.
Friday, May 8 at 2:30pm – 4:30pm, my Instrument Construction students will conclude the spring semester with a display of, and performances with, their new and original instrument inventions for SAIC students, staff, and faculty at the Leroy Neiman Center.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago IL 60603
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.
Please join us as my Instrument Construction students perform with their new and unusual musical instruments…
8PM Saturday April 24Enemy 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor Chicago IL 60622 Admission: FREE
Waveforms is a showcase of student sound works held every semester, organized by Sound Department grad students at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). My class will perform as the 8 Ohm Danger Squad. Here’s a video, shot by my TA Kyle Evans, of some of the instruments as they were building and testing:
This semester Ryan Dunn has organized Waveforms under the theme “Remains.”The show includes a performance by Kyle Evans, my TA for Instrument construction, and inventor the electronically modified didgeridoo, performing to real time generated video in addition to this wonderful instrument.
I perform with Global Warming featuring Elbio Barilari (guitar), Guillermo Gregorio(clarinet), Jeb Bishop (trombone), and Eric Hochberg (double bass), to celebrate the Poetry Center’s 36th Annual Reading Series.
Distinguished authors Stuart Dybek and Yusef Komunyakaa will read their work along with emerging artists Rachel Webster and the winners of the Poetry Center’s Hands on Stanzas Student Inaugural Poem Contest.
For more information about tickets and the contest visit http://poetrycenter.org