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SUMMER 2017 — Escape, with Landscape + Soundscape
Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 10:00 AM – Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 1:00 PM PDT
ESCAPE WITH LANDSCAPE AND SOUNDSCAPE
6 sessions >> Saturdays, July 15-August 19
10 am–1 pm, MCR, $275
No prerequisite. No musical background or programming experience required.
In this course, we will consider how sound is used to create individualized experience, particularly as refuge from distraction and noise, and learn how to extend that to public space. We will ask: what does it mean to build architectural, landscape or virtual space for sanctuary, and where can we find it naturally? How prevalent is the incursion of noise pollution, and how can it be mitigated? How does sound relate to our body experience, where is there room for silence, and what are the timescales of sound in the public sphere? What are the potentials of sound mapping, digital and hand-drawn, and how can we create a ‘sonic transect’?
We will evaluate the potentials and limitations of iPods and headphones, binaural and immersive spatial experiences. We will parse the Bay area soundscape into the sonic and the acoustic, and discover solutions for personal and public benefit. Through off-site field trips to culverts, libraries, places of worship, glens, caves, hilltops, natural arenas, labyrinths, and cemeteries, we will discover soundworlds of escape specific to each place. We will explore coffeeshop soundtracks, white noise, and ambient sound. You will have the opportunity to collaborate on composing personal music, create a mobile app using simple tools, or design immersive soundscapes to create community. Tools will be provided for all levels of experience, enabling quick creation of collaborative projects.
Hugh Livingston creates large-scale digital media installations related to natural and built spaces. Hugh graduated cum laude in music from Yale, recipient of the Bach Society Prize for excellence in musicianship. He has an MFA in contemporary music from the California Institute of the Arts and a doctorate from UC San Diego. Hugh composes situational music: responses to spaces, landscapes, history and people. He has catalogued 120 different pizzicato techniques for the cello and conducted research in China on contemporary and historical music. His most recent publication is on contemporary sound garden design, from Harvard University Press.
Hugh Livingston is an innovator in the presentation of public sound environments, with installations in gardens, museums, galleries and resonant spaces. He has composed a large-scale outdoor opera to be performed on a river, and is artist in residence at the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington, DC. He has been the McKnight Foundation Fellow Composer in Residence in Minneapolis, and is the recipient of numerous grants from foundations such as Rockefeller, Getty, Doris Duke, Andrew Mellon, Fleishhacker, and Haas. Hugh is a 2016-17 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at Fort Mason.
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined two business days prior to a class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?
Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.
What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?
All classes meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.
SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: email@example.com
What is the refund policy?
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