Sounding Pico, 2019
Workshops, soundwalk and performance in collaboration with Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (SMYO)
Sounding Pico is an art project focussing on the Pico-neighbourhood in Santa Monica, CA in the USA – developed in collaboration between artist Maj Hasager (DK) and composer Ask Kæreby (DK) in collaboration with Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (SMYO) during winter 2018-19. In response to the often-mediated image of a troubled neighbourhood with opportunities lost, rather than gained, countermeasures have been taken – perhaps most notably by the cultural asset database Culture Mapping 90404, initiated by 18th Street Arts Center.
In an attempt to supplement with the perspectives of younger generations, we invited a number of young, local residents and musicians to record characteristic sounds of the area, which were later interpreted on their acoustic instruments and made available online as part of a soundwalk. By bringing forward these young musicians as local resources, as well as their ear for local soundmarks, we aim to shine a different light on the area, and to supplement and further the debate around it.
Link to paper Sounding Pico presented at Re:Sound at Aalborg University in August 2019: Download
Link to event at Virginia Avenue Park, Santa Monica: Click here
Supported by The Danish Arts Foundation, Santa Monica Youth Orchestra, 18th Street Arts Center, Virginia Avenue Park and The Quinn Research Center