Sound Garden

Place-responsive sound at Artpark


July 15, 2018, 1-3pm: Dirt Wave. Premiere of new participatory work for movement, rock musicians, speakers, and amplified ground by Arrow Fitzgibbon

July 22, 2018, 1-3pm: Bodies and Branches. Premiere of new participatory work for sound-makers imitating ambient sound with found environmental materials and bodies by Lena Nietfeld

July 29, 2018, 1-3pm: Discovering Place through Close Listening, a tribute to Pauline Oliveros. Participatory listening and sound-making exercises.

August 12, 2018, 1-3pm: Magnification and Mobius Strips: Creative Sound-making with Electronics and Ambient Sound. Premiere of new participatory work for microphones, laptop, and speakers resynthesizing ambient sounds by Ethan Hayden

August 19, 2018, 1-3pm: Reimagining the Electric Guitar. Premiere of new participatory work with electric guitar, found environmental materials, and speakers by Colin Tucker

August 26, 2018, 4pm (part of Music in the Woods): PLACE. Large ensemble performance of PLACE, part 10, for instruments and found environmental materials by David Dunn, preceded by a land acknowledgement by special guest Allan Jamieson and a short talk celebrating the release of Null Point’s guest edited issue of Sound American on the music of David Dunn


Building on Artpark’s ambitious early artist residency program, Sound Garden presents place-situated participatory sound-making and listening events in outdoor public space: performances, installations, workshops, talks, and open rehearsals. On Sunday afternoons in July and August 2018, the program enmeshes human sound-makers with Artpark’s striking sonic and material environments, radically transforming historical art forms—chamber music, rock music, electronic music, and more—while grounding them in the everyday life of a particular place.

As a naturecultural proposition, the garden positions aesthetic activity with respect to land. In the modern West, the garden at worst proposes the dominance of aesthetic over land: design aesthetics impose constructions of visual beauty on nonhuman ecologies, naturalizing private property’s seizure of land. Here, the aestheticization of land underwrites Western modernity’s monopolization of public imaginaries around ecology, erasing indigenous and nonhuman modes of habitation while fortifying the cultural myopia in which “property” becomes synonymous with land.

Sound Garden aims to refigure the garden as a non-instrumental relationship between aesthetic and land. In the program, a variety of listening and sound-making strategies facilitate open-ended, situated attunement to land, approaching it as an agent in its own right, a pedagogue, and a commons. The garden’s interiority approached not as a space for terraforming the nonhuman, but as a sanctuary for the cultivation of marginalized materialities.



Curation: Colin Tucker (lead curator), Arrow Fitzgibbon, Ethan Hayden, Megan Kyle, Lena Nietfeld

Performance: Julia Cordani, Leanne Darling, Brian Dejesus, Arrow Fitzgibbon, Ethan Hayden, Megan Kyle, Megan McDevitt, Lena Nietfeld, Justin von Strasburg, Colin Tucker





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