Untitled. 1972, from Deja-Vu
Bodies of Water is an ongoing series of sculptures requiring listeners to physically initiate contact with the works, resonating their bone structures. The long-form compositions contained within the water are thus made audible. Commissions from Flux Factory, Little Berlin, and Fairmount Water Works.
Duende is a 15ft above-ground pool engineered into a large-scale oscillator that continuously activates harmonic standing waves and nodes within the site. The pool was accompanied by a series of ensemble vocal improvisations, and a 90ft x 20ft four-channel video installation. Commissioned by the Icebox Project Space for their Sound Residency Series. Excerpt here.
Unsung evoked the suppressed voices of women in Philadelphia’s Callowhill neighborhood, from its earliest days to the present moment. A collaboration with video artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib, we created a timeline in image and sound, interweaving various narratives struck or buried from “official” histories: an 18th-century prostitute, the wife of an Irish railroad worker, an undocumented immigrant stuck in a cycle of dependency. The immersive installation included collectively improvised and interpreted recordings by the vocalists, layers of compositions derived entirely from their voices, audio from live streams of the local police precinct, and activated harmonic standing waves and nodes.
Over 1,200 visitors walked through the tunnel beneath the Reading Viaduct for this one-night-only public art event. Commissioned by the American Composer’s Forum, the Mural Arts Project, and the Rail Park.
(A Guide to the Stranger or) Pocket Companion for Unsung by Kelsey Halliday Johnson (pdf)