Set against the stunning backdrop of Laguna Gloria, R. Murray Schafer’s Music for Wilderness Lake is a contemplative experience that combines a natural soundscape with haunting music. Organized by Director Steve Parker, twelve trombonists position themselves around the lagoon to play the experimental piece at dawn and at dusk, while a conductor sits in a canoe in the middle of the lagoon, signaling the trombonists with flags. Taking advantage of the unique air patterns and natural sounds during these times of day, Schafer invites the audience to listen to their natural surroundings along with the piece itself. While both observing and absorbing the landscape around them, listeners of Music for Wilderness Lake find themselves transported to a meditative state of being.
Music for Wilderness Lake was performed at Laguna Gloria at the Contemporary Austin on June 27th and 28th, 2014.
Arts In Context Shorts focuses on community collaboration in this week’s story. In it’s tenth year as a grassroots, national festival, Combating Latent Inequality Together (C.L.I.T.) Fest comes to life in Austin for the first time. The DIY, punk and feminist communities come together bringing awareness to sexism, trans-phobia, gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination through workshops, bands and artist collaboration. Benefiting SAFEPLACE, a resource that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence, C.L.I.T. Fest reminds others that punk music is a vehicle for activism.
On the busy Austin street stretching through the heart of the city, North Austinites decided to beautify their neighborhood by painting the unassuming fences that line the congestion of cars on Lamar Blvd. The artists and residents did not just have visual decorations in mind, but a message for Austin to receive: “Beauty will save the world.” They painted this phrase very creatively in several different languages along the fences, along with drawings in between. Watch the 5 minute Arts In Context short, Beautiful Fences online now!
This week, Arts In Context Shorts presents the fun side of art. In the sequel of “More Awkward Than Heavy,” Ink Tank Lab‘s artists focus on collaborating, having fun and letting their imaginations go wild. “MATH2″ is an installation that explores going to art shows as a social event and pokes fun at museum and gallery stereotypes. Ink Tank’s artists want the attendees to participate, touch and help create the “awkward” experience. While some work in academic or museum settings and all have different aesthetics, working together as Ink Tank Lab allows these artists to lose the restraints put on when creating ‘serious’ artwork.
Clothing can inspire memories of the past or can be symbols of plans for the future. This week Arts In Context Shorts features artist Johnny Walker as he explores the relationship between people and their clothing in his public art installation Clothes Stories. KLRU commissioned Walker to create this public art project and brought on Goodwill Industries of Central Texas as a community-partner to help create this unique installation.
Attendees at the Arts In Context party at the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour were asked to participate in selecting from thousands of garments donated by Goodwill, writing their stories, and hanging them for display at Big Medium’s Canopy studios. Some attendees even brought their own special pieces to donate. Whether fact or fiction, these personal stories range from family histories and poems to revealing hopes and dreams. The installation was temporary, but the clothes’ stories didn’t end at the event. Walker has cataloged and tagged the clothes for online reference. The tagged garments were then returned to Goodwill to find new owners. As the pieces of clothing are purchased, the tag will lead the new owners to details about the item’s real or imagined past life at clothesstories.com
Arts in Context will present a special screening of the director’s cut of the episode Not Alone, a documentary about musician Shakey Graves. Following the screening Shakey Graves will perform live in the studio.
Date: Tuesday, March 11 Time: 7pm | Doors at 6:30pm Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map) RSVP: The event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP Here RSVP does not guarantee entrance.
Shakey Graves turns his one-man band into a do-it-yourself success story. Through nothing but word-of-mouth, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, has gone from obscurity to the national spotlight. His gravelly-voiced, impassioned, blues performances are the stuff of legend. “Shakey Graves is becoming an anti-folk phenomenon even in a city weary of ‘next big things.’ Unclassifiable original. And frighteningly good,” says NPR Music.
Special thanks to the evening’s sponsor Live Oak Brewing Co.
This week Arts In Context Shorts is bringing museums and gallery spaces to life! Jeremy Birks and Kirk Anders of Austin Art Services give a behind-the-scenes look into the world of art installation. They display each work of art with a thoughtfulness to help improve the viewing experience. Working to create an extension of the piece itself into the physical space with each installation, Austin Art Services helps artists and museums to express their ideas.
This week, Arts In Context Short travels to East Austin … It’s a different kind of place than the other neighborhoods in Austin! Every year (for the past 12 years), the annual East Austin Studio Tour inspires artists and galleries to open their doors to their neighbors. Wandering and exploring, those who attend EAST form a bond over the creativity, community and different kinds of art being made just a bike ride away.
KLRU’s June fundraising drive will focus on your favorite programs and we need your help to choose what to air. Vote for your favorite episodes of Overheard with Evan Smith and Arts in Contexthere.
Help KLRU raise $75,000 in one week by supporting what you love about your local PBS station: Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece Mystery, Austin City Limits, Nova, PBS Newshour and more. We’re keeping the regular, weekly schedule intact and are looking forward to seeing which Overheard and Arts in Context episodes you vote for!