Requiem: A White Wanderer

Luftwerk in collaboration with Katherine Young

January 31–February 2, 11am–6pm

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion • Free Admission

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 Requiem: A White Wanderer(click on image to enlarge)
 

Requiem: A White Wanderer is an ongoing art and sound project by Chicago-based collaborative Luftwerk to inspire a robust public dialogue about climate change here in Chicago and beyond. Inspired by Larsen-C, a 120-mile long crack that ran along the Antarctic ice shelf and broke into a trillion-ton iceberg named A 68 in 2017, Requiem: A White Wanderer translates seismic data from this ailing iceberg into an emotional experience, connecting the public to the urgency of climate change. The source data is based on the seismic recordings made by Douglas MacAyeal, a world-renowned glaciologist based out of the University of Chicago. MacAyeal has recorded seismic data over a multi-year time period, observing the movement of iceberg B15 from its first cracking to its disintegration across the globe. Seismic data is a low frequency sonic signal, inaudible to the human ear, but it can be perceived and felt throughout the ocean system, traveling through trenches and the SOFAR channel from the Antarctic to Haiti and beyond.

Amplified from the latticed sound system of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the sound system will bring audiences into the way that aquatic animals might experience a calving iceberg, with the sounds of its disintegration reverberating throughout the ocean. Several Sound Walk tours will be presented throughout the weekend to give more guidance to the intricacies of the installation.

The installation is accompanied by two special concerts at 5pm and 7pm on Saturday, February 1. Over the course of 2019 as part of their Outer Ear Residency at Experimental Sound Studio, Luftwerk has been working in collaboration with composer Katherine Young to create a musical composition for orchestra and voice based on these sonic signals. This composition will premiere in two special concerts at 5pm and 7pm on Saturday, February 1. Illuminated sculptural objects will fill the stage's space with shadows and reflections creating a visual topography as if in a glacial landscape. Free registration for the concerts is recommended since seating is limited.

Requiem: White Wanderer is developed in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio and Natural Resource Defense Council and is presented by the Millennium Park Foundation in collaboration with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of the Year of Chicago Music.

 

Program Schedule

Friday, January 31

11am–6pm - Sound Installation

An immersive sound installation amplified from the latticed Jay Pritzker Pavilion sound system will bring audiences into the way that aquatic animals might experience a calving iceberg, with the sounds of its disintegration reverberating throughout the ocean.

12:15pm - Sound Walk with Giovanni Aloi - Art Historian and Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

In a 20-30 minute guided listening experience around the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Experimental Sound Studio will offer sonic guidance for listening closely to the intricacies of the installation.

 

Saturday, February 1

11am–6pm - Sound Installation

An immersive sound installation amplified from the latticed Jay Pritzker Pavilion sound system will bring audiences into the way that aquatic animals might experience a calving iceberg, with the sounds of its disintegration reverberating throughout the ocean.

4pm - Family-Oriented Sound Walk

In a 20-30 minute guided listening experience around the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Experimental Sound Studio will offer sonic guidance for listening closely to the intricacies of the installation.

5pm - Family-Oriented Concert on the Jay Pritzker Stage. Registration recommended at http://bit.ly/whitewanderer

A family-oriented musical performance following the sound walk

7pm - Family-Oriented Concert on the Jay Pritzker Stage. Registration recommended at http://bit.ly/whitewanderer

An all-ages musical performance and panel discussion with the artists and collaborators moderated by Kari Lydersen, Chicago-based reporter, author and lecturer in the journalism graduate program at Northwestern University.

8pm - Sound Walk with Douglas MacAyeal - Glaciology Expert and Professor, University of Chicago

In a 20-30 minute guided listening experience around the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Experimental Sound Studio will offer sonic guidance for listening closely to the intricacies of the installation.

 

Sunday, February 2

11am–6pm - Sound Installation

An immersive sound installation amplified from the latticed Jay Pritzker Pavilion sound system will bring audiences into the way that aquatic animals might experience a calving iceberg, with the sounds of its disintegration reverberating throughout the ocean.

Noon - Sound Walk with Sonal Aggarwal - Artist and Performer

In a 20-30 minute guided listening experience around the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Experimental Sound Studio will offer sonic guidance for listening closely to the intricacies of the installation.

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