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The Re-Organized Organ Youth Mentorship Project

Held at VIVO Media Arts Centre, The Re-Organized Organ was a collaborative musical instrument building project that ran from September to December 2017. A group of ten youth convened weekly to investigate various e-waste materials as they created a collection of experimental instruments using parts from a discarded electronic organ and other electronics sourced from Free Geek Vancouver. As the lead artist mentor for the group, I facilitated weekly sessions exploring e-waste, acoustics, music technology, and instrument design. The final presentation was held at VIVO on Dec 1, 2017, presented by Vancouver New Music. More Information about the project can be found here http://www.vivomediaarts.com/education/reorganized-organ/


Soundwalking Privately-Owned Public Space

A Soundwalk is a guided listening tour that encourages participants to actively listen, opening ears and consciousness to the complex orchestration that the environment is composing at all times. The walk was choreographed to weave through various privately-owned public spaces throughout Vancouver. These spaces complicate the neat binary between public and private, combining elements of private ownership, securitization, and rules and restrictions, with publicly accessible amenities such as shelter, seating, and open space. Using soundwalking as a way to access and assert the right to these common spaces, the soundwalk functioned to bring public attention to their spatial, social, and sonic dynamics. The walk was held on April 2, 2017 and was presented by Vancouver New Music and the Vancouver Soundwalk collective.

 


Musical Playground

The Musical Playground is an interactive installation featured at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (2012-2016) and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (2015-2016). Drawing inspiration from the whimsical instruments created by inventors such as the Baschet Brothers and Harry Partch, the installation creates a space of hands-on play and improvisation that invites people to explore the relationships between everyday objects, sound, and the possibilities for music embedded in them.

 


Tools for Conviviality

“The beauty of public spaces is that they can be transformed within moments, to anything we need them to be, for us.” – Juliet Kahn, Project for Public Spaces

I explore the transformational qualities of public space in an ongoing project titled Mobile Tools for Conviviality. Referencing Ivan Illich, who theorized on the possibilities for convivial modern tools and technologies, these mobile convivial tools include a tea-serving trailer, mobile sound-system, puppet booth, and public office. They are used in spontaneous applications around the city to promote new ways of thinking about the possibilities for gathering places and the politics of public spaces. This project has taken many forms and iterations since beginning in 2014, from ephemeral deployments to more coordinated and durational public space interventions. In 2016 I collaborated with the CityStudio program to use the tea cart in a public engagement project with student-led interventions.

Upcoming public intervention in downtown Vancouver as part of http://downtownspace.ca
February 25, 2017. Curated by Germaine Koh