Sep 18th 2019

Eco Sensing starts with an overview of experiencing and ‘reading’ a sight with our senses- listening, looking, feeling, touching, full bodied movement through space. Participants visit The Tender House Exhibition (Mejay Gulay), hear about Sound Walking, (Eric Leonardson, MSAE Director), and Eco Sense the River with multiple ways of looking, listening, and reading the events, water and architecture interactions, spatial parameters, and biodiversity of the eco system of the river (Linda Keane, AIA). Time 2+ hours. This walk is done in conjunction with the City of Berlin Acoustic Consultant, Dr. Antonella Radicchi, and the Hush City Soundwalk GLOBAL PROGRAM.

Eco Sensing Chicago River Works connects the experience of walking along the river with reflecting and looking for places of quietness and repose in our busy cities. Using our ears and mobile technology participants listen and recording data as citizen scientists to map the health of the city’s water and their experience. As we walk along the path, the sights and sounds of the river system open new awareness to the anthrophonic, biophonic, and geophonic sounds around us. Using the Chicago River Data Worksheet, sonic discoveries combine with light and temperature readings and observations of bio-diversity of life and periods of activity and non-activity along the river.

Riverworks is an interdisciplinary collaboration of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Eco Design Students with Chicago Organizations that examines the creative possibilities of aquatic bioacoustics and the potential for new approaches to the data driven conservation of urban global river systems. River Works imagines immersive spaces of community engagement with listening labs, field recordings, soundmaps, performances and installations that raise understanding of river health and aquatic and human biodiversity and coexistence. Eco Sensing increases the critical value of water wisdom and elevates the importance of river systems to urban health

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