As part of the “Sound Scene 2021” festival, “CANARIAS DC SOUNDWALK” explores the sonic ecologies of the Canary Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, in the geographic region known as Macaronesia.
Currently a work in progress, the completed project is scheduled to be presented in full in September 2021. CANARIAS DC SOUNDWALK will present a series of geolocated compositions for headphone listening created with sound materials from each of the eight main islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa. Through diverse creative listening strategies and technologies, the fieldwork focuses on what usually remains hidden or unnoticed, on the limits and thresholds of perception and attention.
The project aims to promote less anthropocentric ways of listening and thinking, investigating the vitality and creativity of more-than-human agencies and realities: non-human species, materials, energies, spaces, air, water, weather, landscape formations, and sounds themselves as phenomenological entities...capable of producing affective responses.
Sound Scene 2021 will be the North American premier preview of this new work and can be experienced in select locations in North East Washington, D.C.
Commissioned and produced by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., with additional support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Presented as part of Sound Scene 2021, in collaboration with DC Listening Lounge and Hirschhorn Museum. Image courtesy of the artist