Beau Kenyon – Residency

Artist Residency, Concert, Performance, Public Art, Residency

Beau Kenyon – Residency

Wed, Aug 01, 2018-Sun, May 19, 2019 All day event Northeastern Center for the Arts
Artist Residency, Concert, Performance, Public Art, Residency Wed, Aug 01, 2018-Sun, May 19, 2019
All day event Northeastern Center for the Arts

Composer and sound artist Beau Kenyon will be an artist in residence with the Northeastern Center for the Arts for the 2018-19 academic year. Beau’s residency will include the SOUND [if trees were water], a multi-disciplinary series of performances designed for public space, working with students and the development a dynamic resource guide for creating performance-based artworks in the public realm. 

the SOUND [if trees were water], a commisioned site-specific sound installation and performance series, explores the voiced perspectives of newly immigrated high school seniors as they connect, permeate, alter, and ultimately resonate out into the atmosphere. Performers wearing custom designed costumes will move Kenyon’s sound art through the audience, while his composed score will be simultaneously performed live outside in Boston’s parks. 

This multidisciplinary artwork has been produced in collaboration with students from 826 Boston and the Boston Newcomers Academy. the SOUND [if trees were water] is a site-responsive performance series that has commissioned by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, in response to the fog-art installations of Fujiko Nakaya, curated by Jen Mergel. 

The first phase of this project, the SOUND was created during a New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Creative City grant residency. the SOUND is a multidisciplinary project that connects the Boston community and explores concepts of success and hope across generations, cultures, and countries. In collaboration with 826 Boston, the Boston Newcomers Academy, and the Boston Public Library, Bostonians of various ages and cultural backgrounds will voice-record personal stories of success and hope. Equipped with these recordings, I will create sound collages by strategically overlaying recordings and install them throughout Boston. Recordings will also be foundational for an immersive live performance that will further activate the community stories with live music and dance, bringing the community’s voices of hope and success to life.


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