Drawing Lines, a highly anticipated public art project focusing on Austin’s citizen-driven transition to a new political system of geographic representation, will be unveiling all ten artists’ projects in the coming months. All of the Drawing Lines events are free and open to the public, with the next project kicking off at District 10’s The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria this Saturday, October 10th from 11a-3p with composer Steve Parker.
Sound artist Steve Parker will collaborate with District 10 residents to create an interactive musical composition playable by anyone with a smartphone while within the district boundaries. The app will feature a musical score whose parts are independently triggered by location, time of day, and the listener’s velocity and orientation. Made of sounds collected from the community in the district, the composition will interpret District 10 as a large musical instrument.
Following the public premiere, SOUND ATLAS will continue to evolve as a public work of art. Residents will have the capability to remotely upload additional found sounds, personal anecdotes, and oral histories of their neighborhood. Rather than a static musical work, the instrument will continue to evolve and grow as the district and its residents change over time.
Steve Parker is a slide trombonist, curator, and community arts organizer. He is the Artistic Director of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art, a member of NYC contemporary music outfit Ensemble Signal, and teaches on faculty at UTSA. As a soloist, he has appeared throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America, premiering over 100 new works. As an organizer, he has facilitated performances for 100 marching tubas, 80 trombones, 99 percussionists, and installed interactive instrument sculptures in parking garages and alleyways.
District 10: Sound Atlas
Lemonade Stand and Composition Creation October 10th from 11a-3p
ARTIST: Steve Parker
The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th St.