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How Do Soundwalks Engage Communities?

September 21, 2020 @
7:00 p.m.
- 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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What is a soundwalk? How can we proceed as artists, social scientists, researchers, naturalists, chroniclers, environmentalists, and critical citizens to actively respond to our soundscape, connecting this phenomenon with global concerns for a better world?

In this talk, composer and scholar Norman Long will prepare participants conceptually for an actual soundwalk outdoors in the Main South neighborhood. Long will discuss how the community can understand their sonic environment better through the experience of soundwalking and through public engagement with acoustic ecology. Through recorded soundwalks, dialogue, and responsive exercises, this lecture will consider how soundwalks address and activate a city’s more vulnerable and underserved communities; what artists can offer communities, particularly under- served communities, in soundwalking and soundscape awareness; whether it is possible to get a sense of historical and cultural immersion through sound; and how the existing soundscape reveal the personal narratives of a space.

This event will be broadcast live and recorded on Zoom. Participation is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. To participate on the day of the event, click on the following link: Webinar ID: 975 0310 0107

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Co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and A new Earth conversation (NEC) at Clark University. This event is part of NEC’s “Listening in Nature” week. 

Image of Norman LongNorman W. Long is an artist and composer. His practice involves walking, collecting, performing, and recording to create objects, environments and situations in which he and the audience are engaged in dialogues about memory space, value, silence, and the invisible. He earned a Master’s Degree in “New Genres” while attending the San Francisco Art Institute and Master’s of Landscape Architecture degree in 2008 from Cornell University. In 2008 Norman relocated to Chicago where he has performed and exhibited at Experimental Sound Studio, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Hungryman Gallery, Harold Washington College, Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery, Links Hall, Elastic, and the Arts Club for the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival. Norman has received 3Arts Award for Sound Art in 2012, the 3Arts Djerassi (Woodside, CA) Artists Residency Fellowship in 2014, the BOLT Artist in Residence at the Chicago Artists Coalition in 2014-2015, a 3Arts Fellowship at AS220 (Providence, RI) 2017 Artist in Residence program,. He also was named a ThreeWalls RaD Lab Fellow for 2017-2018 and Guest Composer at EMS Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, Sweden, which was made possible in part by the City of Chicago’s DCASE grant.


September 21, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.