Soundwave ((5)): Tension at Battery Townsley
Featuring special performance installations by Eli Keszler (NYC), Ben Bracken and Ashley Bellouin, and Tom Duff. Co-sponsored by 23Five
Soundwave Humanities takes you into the wilderness for a sonic event like no other. Up in the hills of the Marin Headlands, amongst the gorgeous ocean and parklands, lies a structure steeped with history, Battery Townsley at Fort Cronkhite (http://www.nps.gov/goga/historyculture/battery-townsley.htm). Built in 1940 during WWII, this strongest and most secretive harbor fortification was a marvel in technology outfitted with battleship guns to defend the western shores against the Japanese navy. After the war, the outpost was a military testing site but by the 1980s, it was largely abandoned. National Park Service took authority and historians, contractors and Volunteers in Parks helped restore a historic site.
Sonic artists will use the Battery to explore notions of Tension (war and peace, and love and desire) in this former war installation with special performance installations using the extreme resonant spaces with the tensions of strings and stringed instrumentation to give voice to the Battery of what once was and what will become. NYC artist Keszler creates a large scale mechanical string installation in the Battery gunwell formerly outfitted with battleship guns. Sonic duo Bracken and Bellouin use hand-made instruments that utilize strings, aluminum, wood, and microtonal tuning systems in the battery tunnel. Sound artist Duff creates Wire Machine, inspired seminal composition/installation Music on a Long Thin Wire, inside the battery rooms and hallways.
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Battery Townsley, Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands (View)
1 Mitchell Road
Sausalito, CA 94965