Opening Wednesday, June 30th, from 7PM - 10PM
Sounds Like Community as a Response to Covid-19
VVAM! (Keith Moore and Bourema “Ibrahim” Ouedraogo) in collaboration with The Writers of Oya and the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
Live Stream at tinyurl.com/ViralSilence
Champaign County March 2020 and Counting combines a 52-minute audio and video performance documentary created specifically for Viral Silence with archival material from the past year, live commentary and interviews, and live performances from some of the cast members. Keith Moore and Ibrahim Ouedraogo will conduct three recording sessions—April 24, May 8, and May 15—with local musicians, poets, and artists at the Independent Media Center and ask what Sounds Like Community meant to them in the first year of the pandemic, and what their hopes and desires are for the arts and the community in the year ahead. The live and recorded program will air on June 30 from 7-10pm on WRFU 104.5, the internet live stream “Sounds Like Community, and the IMC television broadcast “VVAM!”, which is produced in collaboration with Urbana Public Television (UPTV).
Viral Silence is a statewide collaborative community commissioning and virtual touring program that captures local experiences and responses to Covid-19. Three Illinois artists/teams were commissioned in the fall of 2020 to create and present sound portraits of their communities. Since then they have been working and collaborating with their communities—collecting recorded and live sound, poetry, and interviews—and holding workshops within their communities. This month their original audio/performance works are presented in a virtual tour within the community and live-streamed across the state.