I facilitated a workshop with Kerri Flannigan at Open Space in Victoria, BC. This workshop considered radical intimacy in our local environments, through the act of considering our sonic relationships to shared public space, with a particular focus on bird sounds/songs in the downtown area, the harbour and Meegan (Beacon Hill Park).
The sonic levels of cities are increasing with time and we will look at how this has affected local bird populations. On this bird walk with Estraven Lupino-Smith we will look out and listen for chickadees, bald eagles, starlings, pigeons, gulls and more. How does our knowledge of birds, their sights and sounds affect our attentiveness to our environment and surroundings? This will lead us to ask and explore how our knowledge about local geographies and histories, alongside things like our gender, mental health, or relationship to place, affect our embodied experiences of city sounds in general?
Join us on an experimental bird/sound walk that will focus on sounds in the city and subjective ways of hearing. These workshops will result in a collaborative audio-visual podcast, to be aired on CFUV.
Participants on this walk will also engage with group activities such as self-locating listening and sound maps, shared experiential mapping, and choreographed responses to visualise responses to auditory experiences.
On the second day of this workshop participants will work on audio and visual production to process the previous days activities.
Participants will be sent a narrative questionnaire to be completed before the workshop that will be incorporarted into the walk.
Participation in the workshop is free and all are welcome. We will provide snacks and materials for the workshop. This workshop is being presented as part of a six-month residency by Artist-In-Residence Kerri Flannigan. During her residency, Kerri will be using the Risograph and Slow Scan to explore themes of mapping, embodiment and choreography and will be developing a series of workshops and performances.
There are limited spaces – please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Both days of the workshop we will meet at Open Space, 510 Fort St
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Lekwungen and Coast Salish peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations. Specifically, this workshop takes place at Meegan, a very important Kwetlal (camas) harvesting site in Lekwungen Territories. More about Kwetlal and the history of Meegan: http://focusonline.ca/node/1011
Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 15 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal.
Bios of facilitators
Estraven Lupino-Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work investigates the historical and social forces that shape our interactions with the natural world. Using print, sound, and installation their current work explores human/animal relationships, shape shifting, and ideas of home and belonging.
Kerri Flannigan is an interdisciplinary artist and support worker currently living in Victoria, BC. Primarily working in print, video and performance, Flannigan’s work comprises an interdisciplinary approach to forms of experimental narrative and documentary. Recent explorations have included themes such as family mythologies, coming-of-age confessions, body language and histories of babysitting.
Project partners: Canada Council for The Arts, BC Arts Council, CFUV 101.9 FM