Gina Siepel: CACOPHONY, A Series of Listening Trips
Cacophony is a series of early morning boat expeditions led by Gina Siepel in the Bronx River and the Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge, as part of Flux Factory's Sea Worthy series of excursions. The trips are a meditation on the entanglement of nature and the city through the medium of sound. Participants will join the artist for a silent canoe excursion to experience and record the surprising and sometimes disconcerting mixture of sounds on the waterways: birds, trains, cars, radios, airplanes, waterfalls, and many others. We will travel through rich bird habitats in both locations and will document species that we see, to make a survey of all the trips. Sound recordings and the bird species list compiled from each excursion will be posted online. Perspectives on the city will be reoriented and refreshed through this new experience of familiar urban geography.
Note: there's only room in the boat for one participant on each trip!
Please bring food, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, towel, and boat-worthy footwear. Life jackets will be provided and must be worn at all times in the boat.
Trips will last approximately 3-4 hours, but could take longer depending on the speed of the current and our pace of exploration.
Bronx River excursions, dates and times:
Saturday, July 9, 6 am
Sunday, July 10, 6 am
Thursday, July 28, 6 am
Friday, July 29, 6 am
Meet: 6 am at Shoelace Park. The Boat Launch is at the edge of the river near the 219th Street and Bronx Boulevard entrance to the park (near the 2 and 5 trains at 219 Street). There are bathrooms at this site.
End Point: Soundview Park, Bronx (near the 6 train at Hunts Point).
Notes: Participants in the Bronx River Trips must be able to lift forty pounds, and have basic/intermediate canoe paddling skills. There are three portages along the route, and some fast currents, though no major rapids. Be prepared for adventure!
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge excursions, dates and times:
July 7, 9 am
July 8, 9 am
July 30, 9 am
July 31, 9 am
Meet: At the boat launch just south of the North Channel Bridge (also known as the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge) at 9 am. The bridge is on Cross Bay Boulevard, and crosses from the mainland onto the island occupied by the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Trips will begin from the parking lot on the east side of the bridge. Trips will end at the same location.
39-31 29th St
Long Island City, NY 11101
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|