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Mourning the Glacier: Sounding Room Document #1

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Mourning the Glacier: Sounding Room Document #1

Mourning the Glacier is documentation of the first exhibition of Sounding Room written from the personal perspective of one of the co-founders of the project, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle.

Sounding Room is a scalable platform for artists to collaborate through aural experimentation and interdisciplinary art making where sound, object and gesture form a multi-layered and visceral participatory experience. This on-going nomadic project is organized and spearheaded by Carlisle along with artist Valerie George.

Sounding Room was first presented at Locust Projects in Miami, Fl in 2015. Eight artists from the east and west coasts of the US were invited to join Carlisle and George in three discreet performance based events. Each artist contributed some artifact or trace from their own artistic practice. While in smaller groups, they improvised an activation of the space, each a part of a three part series. Filled with objects such as hanging microphone assemblages, amplified piano strings, suspended drumheads, components of an unbuilt stage, musical saws and jugs, and a video projection of a melting glacier, the space was transformed into an imaginary landscape of narrative possibilities. The artists came together to explore those possibilities through sound and action. The loosely choreographed script was written after the fact, and based on the story of the melting glacier.

These events open dialogues about sound as a medium, hybrid forms, making community through collaboration and building a historical narrative. The formal outcomes of the Sounding Room project are a result of free exchange and experimentation as artists use the gallery space as a think-tank and studio.

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