“How Far From Home Are We?” Photos and update!

There is something magical about having a vision of something for a long time and then coaxing and birthing this vision into reality. This is how I felt with the recent collaborative exhibition, “How Far From Home Are We?” that has been/will be installed for the month of April at the Harwood Arts Center in Albuquerque. The process of bringing this show into the world was more magical because it was all done with my project collaborators Anna and Becky in the UK. The show took shape over the course of months through flurries of emails, reports and reponses. And then I manifested our vision at the Harwood with the indispensable help of my husband Chris and my friend Aimee Deans.

It all started over two years ago when I applied to have a show of “How Far From Home Are We?” at the Harwood Art Center in 2009. At the time, Chris and I were still in New Zealand and the dates for the show seemed far off. And they got moved from that fall to the next fall and then to the Spring of 2011. So this show was a long time coming and it is wonderful to see the vision and the many experiences of the journey that the show comes from in a new form at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque!

Peruse images of the show and opening here.

Listen an excerpt or the entire Radio Journey here! (It was broadcast on Sound Art Radio in the UK and on KRZA radio Alamos-Taos during the exhibition.)

Check out images of my “Sounds Surround Workshop” here.

Read about the exhibition in the Taos News here.

The project website is howfarfromhomearewe.com We’d love to have your feedback on the show!!

How Far From Home Are We? – Opens April 1st

“How Far From Home Are We?”
An illustrated Radio Journey

by Anna Keleher, Claire Coté and Rebecca Beinart

Opening Reception April 1, 6 – 8pm

Exhibition installed April 1 – 29, 2011
Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 10 AM to 4 PM, and Fri Apr. 15th 6-8 PM

Making its debut in the United States, this exhibition is the collaborative outcome of a voyage in a small van from Totnes England to Helsinki Finland via the Baltic States and back through Scandinavia, across 16 borders, over 5,700 kilometers and all in seventeen days. On-site recordings and creative reflection are woven together to provide illuminating glimpses of a journey by land and sea. Collaborative pen and ink drawings created over bumpy roads and by the light of headlamps offer illustrated glimpses. Whittled tally-sticks provide a sculptural “account” of the expedition. Come and experience this intimate multi-sensory journey and join the collaboration through listening, smelling and drawing!

Dates pending for broadcasts of this radio journey on Sound Art Radio 102.5 fm, Totnes, England and KRZA Radio 88.7 fm , Alamosa CO. / Taos, NM. Check our website below of updates and live streaming opportunities!

Sounds clips, drawings and more info at: howfarfromhomearewe.com

The Emerging Field of “Soundscape Ecology”


[Image: Students from Field Studies 2010 (N.b. link auto-plays sound) explore London; photo by Marc Behrens, courtesy of The Wire].

While preparing for my upcoming sound workshop, I came across the emerging field of “Soundscape Ecology”, close cousin to “Acoustic Ecology”. What a timely discovery!

Some of you may have heard about this on NPR’s Weekend Edition this past Saturday, March 26th. If not, you can listen to it here.

Apparently there are people and scientists out there (one researcher in particular from Purdue University, see below, has really capture the attention of the media and blogosphere of late!) who are coming to grips with the importance of sound and soundscapes in the study of place and ecology.

According to an article from Science Codex, the new “scientific field….will use sound as a way to understand the ecological characteristics of a landscape and to reconnect people with the importance of natural sounds. Soundscape ecology, as it’s being called, will focus on what sounds can tell people about an area. Bryan Pijanowski, an associate professor of forestry and natural resources and lead author of a paper outlining the field in the journal BioScience, said natural sound could be used like a canary in a coal mine. Sound could be a critical first indicator of environmental changes…..”
Read the entire article here.

A little more research led me to this fascinating semi-local resource in Santa Fe, the Acoustic Ecology Instite: www.acousticecology.org. Their blog/news site is also very informative: aeinews.org I have yet to speak with anyone from AEI, but I certainly will in the near future!

Another informative post on BLDGBLOG comparing similarities and differences between the bouquet of emerging audio-based ecological fields (and also where the featured photo for this post came from) can be found here.

Keep your ears open to the sounds around you and let me know what you hear!

‘Sounds Surround’ Sound Journeys Workshop

Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM
Saturday, April 2, 10 am – 12 noon

Workshop Facilitator – Claire Coté
Workshop is $15 – Preregistration Requested
Morning tea and scones provided

The sounds surrounding us are an often neglected, but very important part of our perceptual experience of places and the world in general. This workshop provides guidance on deepening our listening in each place and how to bring soundscape awareness and sound journeys into our work. The workshop will include brief introductions to sound, listening and sound art as well as providing participants with experience-based listening exercises in and out of doors, to open our ears and minds to the sounds surrounding us.

“Sounds Surround” is open to all, but is especially geared towards artists, teachers, park rangers and interpretation specialists.

To register for the workshop please contact Claire Coté at 575-586-2362 or by email at email@clairecote.com.

‘Sounds Surround’ is presented in connection with “How Far From Home Are We?” an illustrated radio journey and a multi-sensory installation at the Harwood Center for the Arts. More information online at: howfarfromhomearewe.com

Free Download – Conservation Biology Textbook

Conservation Biology for All - it's free!

I just discovered this amazing free download of the conservation biology textbook, Conservation Biology for All, edited by Navjot S. Sodhi and Paul R. Ehrlich (Department of Biology, Stanford University) and published by Oxford University Press.

Conservation Biology for All was made available for free download in celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 and is offered at Mongabay.com, an environmental and conservation news site. The book is 358 pages in all and covers a wide variety of conservation biology topics including biodiversity, ecosystems, habitat destruction and fragementation, invasive species, fire and biodiversity and the roles of people in conservation.

Check it out and download it here.

Learn more about Mongabay.com and explore other articles here.

Follow the Money 2-26-11 – a success!

"Press Secretary" introducing "Governor Susana Martinez"

NACFR (National Association for Campaign Finance Reform) had it’s first “Follow the Money” event on 2-26-11 at the Round House in Santa Fe and it was a great success.

By a coincidence in timing, the event was staged just proir to the Moveon.org rally in solidarity with the union members in Wisconsin.

Links to videos, audio footage and slide shows can be found at the NACFR website, nacfr.org.

Mail Art Call “My everyday object”

one of the postcard contributions

This is an interesting exhibition opportunity, in which I plan to participate. I invite you to join me!

The deadline is coming up fast  – March 31, 2011!

Name: Polifemo Fotografia
E-mail address: polifemo.news@gmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.polifemo.org/

The Exhibition will take place  in Milan, on the occasion of Salone Internazionale del Mobile from April 12, 2011
through April 17, 2011.

Mail Art Call “My everyday object” –  one object, one postcard
Dead Line: 31st of March 2011
No returns, No participation fee, No selection, No jury, Free Technique
Postcard size only (A6 / 10,5 x 15 cm / 4.25″ x 6″)
All works must be sent by snail mail

Each participant can send one or more postcards for each object chosen:
one object, one postcard
Dead Line: 31st of March 2011
Documentation online at polifemo.org
(please include your email address for 
notification of documentation)

Send to:
Polifemo
La Fabbrica del Vapore
Via Procaccini 4
20154 Milano
Italia

Exhibition: from April 12, 2011 through April 17, 2011 at Polifemo,
La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy

La Fabbrica del Vapore, a center especially devoted to the youth’s cultural
productionand belonging to the Milan City Council, is house to several
associations promoting many activities aimed at young people.The 50°
Salone Internazionale del Mobile involves the city of Milan, providing
an opportunity to continue a reflection on design, on creativity and on
culture.Polifemo, a cultural association working inside La Fabbrica del
Vapore, wants to reflect on the usage of everyday objects by creating a
great international mail-art-exhibition held inside its space on the
occasion of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

Join us! Feel free to forward this Mail Art Call!

Thank you.