BOUNDARYMIND is an evening-length electroacoustic sound piece and aggregating installation that explores and transgresses the geographical, cultural, psychological, and musical boundaries that impact how we share our past, present, and future selves with others. Developed collaboratively over the course of five years with Chicago-based composer and improviser Katherine Young, the project will showcase our co-composition and installation, as well as video art by Kera Mackenzie and a performative sculpture by Molly Roth Scranton. Boundarymind’s production partners are Experimental Sound Studio Chicago, and 6018 North.
The work will premiere on June 5th 2020 at 6018 North, with a second performance on June 12th. Throughout the performance space we will install objects and materials—ceramic pots, plastic toys, wooden spoons, pinestraw, sugar packets, and other things—chosen for their personal significance and power to evoke memories of places from our childhoods. For Katie, it is her early childhood home in Mississippi. For me, the space is a cottage in rural Poland where I spent my formative years. On a series of visits in 2015, we gathered objects and sound recordings from these places.
The public will also be invited to contribute objects and sounds to this project. We will host public recording events at 6018 North, as well as at two other galleries geographically spread around Chicago. We will incorporate the recordings we make of the objects people share into a second version of the installation, which we will present at Experimental Sound Studio’s gallery in September 2020.