Deadline: 10/12/2019


Study sounds of nature and the nature of sound.

Biophony is a research residency for artists interested in the sounds of ecology. The weeklong residency will facilitate at least 10 excursions into natural habitats and laboritories enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts to learn about bio acoustics and to collect materials.

Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group
Recording: Learn to process your samples in a basic digital sound engineering workshop.
Bats: Local maker will teach us to use an Arduino to assemble an ultra sonic listening device to listen to bats.
A local bat expert will join us with her bat detector to amplify their tweets and chirps.
Entomology: Visit an Ottawa University laboratory where audible caterpillar communication is studied.
Herpetology: A guided walk and listen to the calls of the forest frogs of the Ottawa Valley.
Ornithology: An owl prowl will be lead by an expert from the Ottawa Field Naturalist Society where residents will learn to call owls and identify nocturnal birds.
Hike Petri Island during the day with a local birder who will teach us to identify birds by song.
Sound healing: Experience the soothing sounds of a sound healer and talk about how sound affects the body.
Soundscaping: Explore the High Lonesome Nature Reserve with naturalist and soundscaper Chad Clifford from Wilderness Rhythms with his parabolic, binaural and underwater microphones.
Contemporary Art: Presentation of contemporary artists working with sound and biology and their work.
Speach Analysis: Study human sounds at the Sound Patterns Lab, Ottawa University.
Botany: Listen to the inside of trees and discus plant hearing at the Ayatana Tree Listening Station.
Physics: Learn what sound is and how it works at Ottawa University physics department.

Duration of residency
The residency will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the spring of 2019.

Disciplines supported and technical information
All disciplines are supported. No science or sound experience necessary.

Residents will be picked up in Ottawa and driven to the Ayatana residency house, where they will have a bed and bedding and will be driven to all activities. Meals will be provided.

Residency fee is $1300 USD

Expectations towards the artist
Residents are not expected to produce work during the program. Residents are invited to give a 20 minute artist talk to the group.

Application information
Application instructions are on the program website

Selection process
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Selected applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline.




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