Excavating Niagara: Workshops in Place-Based Musical Contemporary Art

Thu, Aug 11 +more dates
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Event Dates & Times

Thu, Aug 11 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sat, August 13 • 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Thu, August 25 • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Admission starts at: $120
Artpark • 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston 14092


Excavating Niagara features a series of five subscriber-only Saturday afternoon workshops, in which participants are introduced to a variety of strategies for place-based listening, onsite at Artpark. Building on insights of fields such as experimental music, contemporary art, somatics, Black studies, decolonial studies, and intersectional feminism, the inquiry-based workshops focus on flexible, dynamic listening methods attuned to place-specific socio-ecological relations. Subscribers will also be able to participate in three related Thursday evening performances (August 4, 11, & 25) alongside Null Point’s professional musicians, including in a world premiere of a new work by Michael Mykola Haleta for flower pots moved around Artpark’s parking lot. Expressly designed to facilitate music making between musicians of a variety of skill levels, these performances offer a welcoming environment in which musicians with no prior training are encouraged to act as creative agents through the use of directed improvisation, non–specialist notation, and non-specialist sound sources (flower pots, water, simple electronics, etc.). No prior knowledge is required.
Subscription: $120 suggested donation (pay what you can)
Schedule details:
Workshops in the Emerald Grove:
July 2: Ways of Listening
July 16: Guidelines for Collapse and Care, featuring the eponymous piece by Udita Upadhyaya
July 30: The Politics of Sensation
August 6: Cultivation as a Ceremony of (Dis)possession
August 13: Mapping Toxic Relations
Participatory workshop-performances (participation optional):
Thursday, August 4, 6:00-8:00pm Receding Horizons featuring mobile, dispersed musicians around the upper park. Learn about acoustics, landscape, and secular ghosts.
Thursday, August 11, 4:00-7:00pm Water Music featuring musicians and electronics along and with the Niagara River. Learn about vibration, music technology, and environmental justice.
Thursday, August 25, Points and Paths featuring objects and electronics in and around Artpark’s parking lot; 5:00-6:00pm Workshop, 6:00-7:00pm Performance. Learn new sound making and listening techniques, and about the politics of infrastructure.
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