Sounding Out Spaces is a site-responsive sonic art project that explores ecosystemic relationships between people, sounds, and spaces. The project, which was started by sound artist and ASU professor Lauren Hayes in 2014, involves musical and technical approaches for artistically responding to and participating in a given site. These sites may include buildings and spaces that have not been designated as concert venues, as well as outdoor urban and rural settings, and they range from retired industrial structures, visually stimulating landscapes, architecture with unique acoustic properties, natural environments, or places of cultural or historical significance. Guerrilla improvisations have taken place at the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, and the Salton Sea, California.
In collaboration with Arts, Media + Engineering researcher and sound artist, Julian Stein, Sounding Out Spaces: Garden Ecologies invites various community groups to take part in the project through a series of sound workshops based at the Clark Park Community Garden and the Children First Leadership Academy. In these workshops, children from Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona will be invited to explore and learn about listening to the environment, sound recording, building low cost and DIY instruments, and improvisation. This will culminate in a public site-responsive performance.
The materials produced by the children will be incorporated into a sound installation that weaves together acoustic characteristics of the site with environmental and biophysical information from the garden and plants into an evolving and dynamic ecosystem.
Friday, April 28th:
Opening Installation, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
This is a free event but please register here.
Saturday, April 29th:
Installation during the Clark Park Farmers Market, 9am - 12noon
Public Performance by Free Arts Children 10am - 10:30am
Clark Park Community Garden, 1730 South Roosevelt Street, Tempe.
Founded in 1993, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona is a non-profit organization which heals homeless and abused children through artistic expression. Free Arts programs include creative elements that promote safety, self-expression and a sense of belonging. All Free Arts programs, delivered by volunteers and artists, serve more than 8,000 children annually through partnerships with 45 social service child welfare agencies at 100+ sites across Maricopa County.
For more information on Free Arts, visit: www.freeartsaz.org.
The Clark Park Community Garden is a collaborative effort of the Clark Park and Marilyn Ann Neighborhood Associations, and Tempe Community Action Agency. The garden was created in 2014 at the site of a former municipal pool with the aim to build community through the production of high quality, organic fruits and vegetables. The garden offers an opportunity to teach the community about sustainable gardening and healthy cooking.
The Clark Park Farmers Market takes place at the garden Saturday mornings from fall to spring. This urban neighborhood market is located at the Clark Park Community Garden (1730 South Roosevelt Street, Tempe).
To volunteer at the garden, the market, or in one of Tempe Community Action Agency's other programs visit http://www.clarkparkgarden.org/
FUNDING AND SUPPORT
This work is generously funded by the City of Tempe/ASU Partnership Grant and supported by the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, ASU.
Image by Tobias Feltus.