June 2017: 2-5pm HALF-DAY TUTORIAL: The Soundwalk as an Art Form: Building Bridges to Peace
LECTURER: Sound Artist, Andrea Williams; PhD Candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Board member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE)
SUMMARY: The Soundwalk as an Art Form: Building Bridges to Peace 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. Sound artist, Andrea Williams, will lead a 45-minute soundwalk at Recinto del Pensamiento, located in Kilometro 11 Vía al Magdalena, an open space consisting of flower gardens, urban structures, and a small square for events. The park has been created to "eliminate segregation and contributing to healthy living". The soundwalk will focus on: How can we be in peace and harmony with our surroundings? What does peace sound like? How do we feel connected non-verbally to other beings? How can observing other species bring us a sense of peace that we can translate to being at peace with fellow human beings? Following the walk, there will be 45 minutes of break-out groups for discussion posted on the URL.
1-2pm: Intro and History of the Participatory Walk and the Soundwalk as an Art Form (in a classroom or outdoor pavillion) 2-3pm: Interactive Listening Exercise and and Soundwalk at Recinto del Pensamiento 3-4pm: Break-out groups formed for Harmony and Peace Discussion. Summarized notes posted on url as follow-up. POWERPOINT for INTRO and OVERVIEW 2-3pm ---PROVISIONAL, will be updated--Web host Weebly is fixing a temporary formatting issue with uploading slides: