BIOSPHERE SOUNDSCAPES RESIDENCIES
"Biosphere Soundscapes pivots on a site-specific creative project embedded in a multi-layered community engagement developed in response to a specific Biosphere Reserve and community. The process (usually two weeks of cultural immersion), is led by resident artists' and scientists who work on their own research projects, map the soundscape of the biosphere reserve and guide the local community and participants through a series of activities, workshops and creative outcomes." Dr Leah Barclay
The on-site community engagement tools for Biosphere Soundscapes residencies evolve depending on the accessibility of the environment. The most successful aspects of past residency programs have included community sound walks, participatory field-recording sessions, capacity building workshops, and providing access to the appropriate technology for the community to remain engaged in the process.
The Biosphere Soundscapes residencies are the core activity in implementing this global project. All of the sound, text and imagery from the Biosphere Soundscapes residencies are geolocated on our interactive biosphere map, and are also available through a timeline feature to trace the history of the project and compare the soundscapes. These databases will be made publicly available throughout 2021.
Each residency involves 10-days of immersive field recording and workshops with artists and scientists to explore the biosphere reserve. The residency also involve theoretical workshops and guidance in composing with the environmental field recordings. The final day of the residency includes an acoustic ecology symposium and presentation of creative outcomes.
Applications for 2021 residency programs will open soon.