Aqua Alta, a sound installation by China Blue
August 14th – August 18th, 2009
Hera Gallery in collaboration with Independent Curator, Viera Levitt, is pleased to announce the launch of the Mobile Art Project. This project presents contemporary artwork within the space of a 16-foot box truck. The first installation will be a sound installation by internationally exhibited artist, China Blue, entitled Aqua Alta. Duration of the presentation of Aqua Alta show will be from August 14th through August 18th, 2009. For specific dates and locations during this time, please visit the M.A.P. website. Aqua Alta will be presented in a 16-foot box truck, which will travel to various locations in South County.
China Blue’s recordings are made with specialized audio equipment including hydrophone arrays and seismic microphones. The work captures the unique sounds of the water and the creatures of Providence's canals and Narragansett Bay. Sounds are sampled from the water’s edge, and around and under the gondolas in the lagoons. This work was inspired by the effects of global warming on the environment, both under and above the surface of the water. According to the artist, her installation Aqua Alta, “echoes the ebb and flow of water on our planet. The same water that washes the canals of Venice, breaks at the feet of the Statue of Liberty and runs through the canals of Providence. It rises up and rains down. It is as ordinary as it is threatening.”
Additionally, the Mobile Art Project is collaborating with Save the Bay, which will provide a representative to discuss the ecological aspects of the project. This project should be of particular interest to Rhode Island residents of the “Ocean State,” given how much recreational summer time is spent enjoying rivers, lakes, and oceans.
The intention of the Mobile Art Project is to bring contemporary art to communities in Southern Rhode Island where few or no formal art institutions currently exist. The Mobile Art Project also works to make contemporary art not only physically accessible to diverse populations but psychologically accessible as well. Providing art that ‘travels’ to homes and places of recreation for a diverse demographic, is a way to ‘bring art to the people’ rather than getting people to ‘come to’ the art. The Mobile Art Project will visit different neighborhoods in Rhode Island and will be parked outside locations such as community centers, libraries and other non-profits as well as block parties, ice cream stores, beaches, and farmer’s markets.
This program is presented with partial support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, Hera Educational Foundation, and The Friends of Hera. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Partner of the project: Save the Bay
Media partner: South County Independent
Special thanks: Judith Tolnick Champa, Rachel Calabro, Jeannette Jacobs, Jim Smart, Liberty Rentals, South County Tourism Council, South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department, Peace Dale Neighborhood Association; Penske.