Soundwave ((6)): The Infinite Swell at Battery Townsley
Resonant site-specific performances by Chris Duncan, Travis Johns and Jim Haynes at a historic battery fortification in the Marin Headlands in partnership with the National Park Service. Co-curated by Jorge Bachmann.
Soundwave ((6)) Water takes you into the wilderness for a sonic adventure like no other. High up in the hills of the Marin Headlands, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, lies a structure steeped with history, Battery Townsley at Fort Cronkhite.
The dramatic acoustics of the fortification create infinite swells of sound. Artist Chris Duncan reverberates the sights and sounds of an oceanic cave just north of Battery Townsley while using the sonic possibilities of ice; and rtist Travis Johns' 'Hydroprinting II.' a participatory installation featuring an invented sonic instrument, creates unique sonographic art prints from water currents from underwater sound reverberations in the Battery's battleship gun pool. Jim Haynes' 'To Dispel and to Dissipate' uses corrosion and its poetics: he incorporates water as a chemical agent, fluid medium, and sound conductor that amplifies the residual sonorous qualities of water as it turns from a liquid into a gas. The vaporizing water amplifies the vibrations and frequencies from adjacent metal, glass, wood, rock, etc. to whistle, to rattle, to mold, to shatter, to collapse.
NOTE: Please park in the Rodeo Beach Parking Area at the end of Mitchell Road closest to fire road gate and arrive at least 30 minutes before performance time. There is a 20-minute uphill hike from the Rodeo Beach parking lot to the Battery. This is an outdoor event on top of hill overlooking the ocean and can be quite windy and foggy. Please bring blankets, warm clothes and proper shoe attire. No restrooms are at the site so please use facilities before hiking up.
Battery Townsley, Fort Cronkhite (View)
1 Mitchell road
Marin , CA 94941