Fonoteca Nacional and Biosphere Soundscapes are calling for participants for the inaugural residency in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in 2015.
As part of the Mexican Soundscape project, Fonoteca Nacional is working in collaboration with Biosphere Soundscapes to produce an artistic residence and interdisciplinary laboratory focusing on the creative and scientific possibilities of listening. Biosphere Soundscapes is designed to inspire communities across the world to listen to the environment and explore the value of sound as a measure for environmental health and ecological engagement in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. The inaugural residency in Mexico will be centered on sonic exploration of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
This residency is part of an educational program designed by Biosphere Soundscapes with a focus on collaboration, experimentation and exploration. This interdisciplinary learning laboratory will involve participants exploring the environment through sound, learning about the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve and collaborating with a dynamic team at the intersection of art, science and technology.
This open call is aimed at artists, scientists, researchers and other professionals working with sound. Applicants should have an interest in acoustic ecology, bioacoustics, field recording or other fields working with environmental sound.
The residency will take place over 10 days and will involve daily field recording sessions accompanied by interdisciplinary workshops and presentations. Participants will learn about the biodiversity of each recording location through presentations with local scientists and conservationists. At the end of the residency participants will have the opportunity to share their creative or scientific discoveries during a showcase.
The residency will be guided by the Biosphere Soundscapes team along with guest artists, specialists from Fonoteca Nacional and scientists from the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
As a result of this open call, six participants will be selected, three of which will be Mexican nationals and three internationals. The residency will cover the costs of accommodation, food and local transport for the duration of the residence for three selected participants through a full scholarship and a subsided scholarship for the three remaining participants. The costs of international travel to Quintana Roo are to be covered by the participants.
Read the full call for participation here
Through great art, Floating Land 2013 explores the natural world's ancient practices and how it provides knowledge, insight and bio-inspired solutions towards a sustainable future. Over 10 days in May/June 2013, this Sunshine Coast Council initiative encourages artists and community to play with nature's ingenuity through immersive workshops, performances, installations and presentations that celebrate our rich biodiversity. By merging arts and culture with science and the environment, the event aims to contribute to positive global change through education and conversations.
The Biosphere Soundscapes project is designed to inspire communities across the world to listen to the environment and re-imagine the potential of Biosphere Reserves as learning laboratories for a sustainable future. The project connects and inspires the communities of global Biosphere Reserves through emergent technologies, innovative creative practice and soundscape ecology. The Noosa Biosphere Soundscapes residency involves onsite field recording workshops with leading Australian and New Zealand artists in addition to master-classes with American digital media artist Andrea Polli.
The residency also includes two field trips where artists will participate in field recording, sound walks and sound mapping in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve. These opportunities are open to emerging and professional artists who have an interest in acoustic ecology, environmental field recording or sound art. Field recording kits are available for artists without their own equipment.
The Biosphere Soundscapes workshops and field trips during Floating Land have limited capacity so please fill out the form below to secure your place.
Monday 3 June, 10.30am-1pm: Biosphere Soundscapes Field Recording Workshop - Boreen Point
Monday 3 June 1-3pm: Sound Walking Masterclass with Andrea Polli - Boreen Point
Tuesday 4th June + Wednesday 5th June 9am-5pm
Biosphere Soundscapes Field Trip - Boreen Point, Noosa Everglades and Noosa National Park
Noosa Biosphere Reserve, Australia, July 18, 2012
Biosphere Soundscapes launched on World Listening Day 2012 with a field-recording lab in the Noosa Biosphere followed by a forum at Noosa Regional Gallery featuring a panel of acclaimed composers and sound artists who will participate in the future project.
Joel Chadabe, President of Ear to the Earth in New York officially launched Biosphere Soundscapes followed by a presentation by Biosphere Soundscapes founding director Leah Barclay on the first phase of the project.
The panel involved short presentations from three of Australia’s leading sound artists; internationally acclaimed artist, author and performer Ros Bandt discussed interactive processes in environmental sound art, renowned composer Gerardo Dirié explored the value of listening and award winning Churchill Fellow Daniel Blinkhorn reflected on his recent expedition in the Arctic where he developed new strategies for composing with environmental sound. The launch will included an exclusive live performance with local Gubbi Gubbi artist Lyndon Davis, Ros Bandt and Leah Barclay .