25th International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA2019 Gwangju, South Korea June 22-28 2019
June 2019: 2-5pm HALF-DAY TUTORIAL: The Soundwalk as an Art Form: Perambulatory Penumbra
LECTURER: Sound Artist, Andrea Williams holds a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Electronic Arts and is a board member of Ma Series Arts.
The Soundwalk as an Art Form: Perambulatory Penumbra presents an overview of the history of the participatory walk as an art form, including the soundwalk and its key concepts and development, while providing a theoretical tool box for creating ones own soundwalk as a transformative art experience. When leading a soundwalk, we are combining the perceiver and the perceived, the participant and observer in an improvisatory way in the physical environment. Soundwalks guide us on a path primarily created by our ears, and they can become smaller "bite-size" environmental engagements that provide a platform for dialogue for creative solutions to larger issues such as climate change or water pollution. Sound artist, Andrea Williams, will lead a 45-minute Perambulatory Penumbra soundwalk outside at the Asia Culture Center, Korea's largest multipurpose cultural complex consisting of a mix of green spaces and urban structures for events. This culture center is has been created to encourage cross-cultural engagement and communication and to foster the arts, designating the creator as an explorer. The Perambulatory Penumbra Soundwalk will include the participants being blindfolded to explore the fringe region of half shadow resulting from the partial obstruction of light by the blindfold. The soundwalk will focus on: What can we learn about a specific place and culture from its shadows? How do we find peace and harmony with our surroundings? How do we feel connected non-verbally to other cultures and other beings? And what can we learn from this to create more peace and harmony? Following the walk, there will be 45 minutes of break-out groups for discussion posted on the URL. These findings will be presented at a paper session at ISEA.
1-2pm: Intro and History of the Participatory Walk and the Soundwalk as an Art Form (in a classroom set up with a projector and screen with tables and chairs for participants) 2-3pm: Interactive Listening Exercise and and Soundwalk outside at the Asia Culture Center 3-4pm: Break-out groups formed for discussion back in the classroom. Summarized notes posted on url as follow-up will become organized into a paper presentation. POWERPOINT for INTRO and OVERVIEW 1-2pm ---PROVISIONAL, will be updated: