I'm delighted to be sharing this exhibition that I've curated;
Acts of Air: Reshaping the urban sonic
An online exhibition exploring and interrogating our cities of sound.
Launching on 16 July 2020, with two online events at 9:00 BST and 20:00 BST.
Commissioned by CRiSAP, part of the Un-Earthed Festival directed by Prof Cathy Lane.
Although hosted online, this exhibition requires offline participation, each work is relational and needs your activation. The exhibition is just the prompt or score, your local urban environment is the gallery or performance space and you are the audience as performer who realizes the work through your participation.
About the exhibition:
Acts of Air invites you to reshape your urban sonic present by enacting 14 sound works directly in urban spaces. Each work proposes a sounding out, a performance, a site specific listening or engagement in the streets, under bridges, by water fountains and extractor fans. They offer a means to explore and interrogate our cities of sound.
While the urban is a seemingly fixed and impermeable place, the urban sonic is in the air, performed and enacted each day as we ride the buses, press the buttons and talk to one another. With these vibrations we can choose to re-voice, re-sound, re-hear and rebuild the urban sonic in new ways.
This online exhibition brings together artists from around the world. While the works are shaped by the sites and locations they were made in, including Porto Alegre, Santiago, Hong Kong, Manchester, Melbourne and Cairo, they can be enacted and activated anywhere around the globe. Through local participation the audience as performer can sound out the artists’ provocations and create new engagements with their own local urban. From global participation we can reveal our shared and different conditions of urbanity – the opportunity to hear new possibilities and togetherness through documentation, participation and trace of these art works.
Artists: Agnes Paz, Anna Lann, Anna Raimondo, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Catherine Clover, Cedric Maridet, Colin Priest, Jacek Smolicki, Julieanna Preston, Kate Brown, Raheel Khan, Vagné, Vitório O. Azevedo and Yara Mekawei.
About the launch events:
Two launch events will be held online on 16 July 2020 BST. Launch one: 9.00 - 10.00 BST. Launch two: 20:00 - 21.30 BST. Please join us at either event that suits your timezone best (check BST here https://time.is/BST)
Both events will both include talks by the curator, Lisa Hall, presentations from the artists, plus a live participatory online performance, RMP hums, choral, viral, directed by Julieanna Preston. You are invited to participate in this live online performance - to listen and tune to electrical motors; to make their life force palpable.
RMP hums, choral, viral
During this relational encounter we will absorb, sound, mimic and emulate the motor’s vibrations; to quiver, tremble, shudder, shiver and spasm as a complementary and counter-humming material body. The noise pollution produced by electric motors, an everyday irritant to urban life, is heightened by a deep hush emerging during various levels of pandemic isolation across the globe. Imagine the chorus of our collective effort wafting through latitudinal and longitudinal currents.
To participate, you will need: A mobile device with camera, Zoom meeting software downloaded, internet access, and to be located at the site of an electric motor, device, appliance or system anywhere in your city at the time of the performance.
Duration: 15 minutes
Time & Date: 16 Jul 2020, 9.00 BST and 20.00 BST
Performance instructions and the zoom meeting links will be sent to all registered participants - anyone is welcome to participate.
Register for the launch event & performance here
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