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Listening to Rivers: Monica Haller

There is no one correct way to listen to the river; There are multiple listenings and multiple rivers.


Minneapolis-based artist Monica Haller will present the multi-year project Listening to the Mississippi. The ever-evolving and socially-engaged art piece uses hydrophones to collect sonic data documenting the diverse ecologies and uses of the Mississippi from the headwaters to New Orleans. These recordings are then used in original musical compositions that present a real-and-imagined version of this key cultural and environmental landmark of the United States.

In the present iteration of Listening to the Mississippi, prepared for Mississippi: An Anthropocene River, composers Michi Wiancko and Judd Greenstein take listeners on a journey down the river, blending original composed music with the sounds gathered above.  On an earlier iteration, our very own Art + Design Assistant Professor, Adriana Knouf, was a collaborator.

Please RSVP below by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, in order to receive the Zoom access information. 



About the Artist

Monica Haller is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has given talks at venues ranging from Centre Pompidou to the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center. She is Assistant Professor of Photography and Moving Images at the University of Minnesota.