GRACKLE CALL WORKSHOP 1: ALEX KELLER
Alex Keller will lead a free workshop on the practical theory and aesthetic practice of field recording. Participants should bring a sound recording device and headphones; anything from a cassette recorder to a smartphone app will work. Use something you already have or can easily borrow.
Alex Keller is an audio artist, sound designer, curator and teacher based in Austin, Texas. His engagement with performance, installation, and recording is an outgrowth of his interest in architecture, language, abstraction and music. One of his distinctive features as a creator is his ability to show the act of research as having an aesthetic value in and of itself.
This is one of several public workshops that will augment GRACKLE CALL: a 90 minute performative audiovisual tour that immerses audiences in the roosting locations of the Great-tailed Grackle. Mimicking a birding experience, participants will be provided with binoculars, iPods, and a printed program guide that will direct them to experimental performances, installations, radio stories, and soundscapes examining local grackle lore, appropriation, human impact on species behavior, migration, land use, and the many failed human attempts to control the species. GRACKLE CALL will premiere at the Fusebox Festival on April 19, 20, and 21 at 7PM
This project is generously supported by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Mid America Arts Alliance.