Interactive Sound Installation & Ensemble Performance
Concept, Direction & Interactive Design: Megan Young
Collaborative Performance Development: Angela Luem, Caitlin Rafferty
Materials: Sand, paper, wood, piezo (contact) microphone, audio interface, and Mac mini with custom Max MSP software patch

Exhibition History:
Ingenuity Cleveland
Musical Gesture as Creative Interface (Porto, Portugal)
Risk: Empathy, Art and Social Practice Exhibition (GASP Fair)
Site: Lab at ArtPrize 7
Dance in the Annex
Chicago Arts District

Photo Credit: J.Kuhn

The Breakwall project features immersive, responsive, and participatory movement explorations and with bodies as instruments. This collection of works considers sonic landscapes, individualized movement vocabularies, and collective listening. The materials of sand, paper, and wood are naturally tactile and resonant, encouraging viewers to explore the deep origins of our aural-visual relationships.

The installation comes alive through embodied performance, with dancers following directed structures. They respond and adapt to one another in a multi-sensory conversation. The wave-like sound score includes the sounds of their actions processed and amplified through an original software program.

The original movement vocabulary has been developed through an open sourced methodology. Each performing body is tasked with exploring concepts of feminist political ecologies and documenting the experience. Those moving studies are shared, explored through ensemble moving, and incorporated into the larger performance score. In this way, the work continues to grow through every new iteration. (View individual explorations by Gina Buwalda Johnson and Trina Hines.)

Ingenuity Cleveland (2017)

*Live sound recorded through Max MSP
Installation Support: Kix Nicole
Performers: Mawusi Nenonene, Julia Smith, Emily Thompson, Sara Whale, Megan Young

Video Credit: Black Valve Media


DITA: Trip the Light (2014)

Performers: Angela Luem, Caitlin Rafferty, Megan Young