Commemorated in song, literary works, and place names, The Wabash River is the major drainage system in Indiana, amassing its water from streams and rivers from the northeast to the southwest corner of the the state.
Thanks to two IAC Arts in the Parks grants, I visited three state parks along the river: Ouabache State Park and Mississinewa Lake and Salamonie Lake State Recreation Areas. As an artist in residence in 2019 and 2020, I made field recordings in the parks and in their surrounding communities and ecosystems. I also held workshops where participants recorded the seasonal sounds of the park, using digital recording equipment. All the sounds we recorded were added to the project soundmap. This activity is made possible with support by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Sweetwater Sound Inc.
The experience of listening carefully to our surroundings can result in a deeper engagement with the environment. Sound is often considered the most influential of our senses, as it has a unique ability to trigger memory and emotion. Listening to sound can prompt a wide range of mental images and provide important information about our environment. My workshop explores a number of issues; our response to the specific aural environment, the possibility of creating a “portrait” of the place though its sounds, and our ability to learn and remember through sound.
Possible workshop activities:
The workshop’s length depends on the number of activities included.
Contact me to learn more about how to bring this workshop to your school, park, or community center.
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