Tag: Chimes for Change

Find us at Soundwalk!

Soundwalk, here we come!

All the cool kids are doing it! And if you’re one of the cool kids, you’ll be joining us this Saturday in Long Beach for the 10th Annual Soundwalk Festival, where students from Loyola High School, our first ever Chimes for Change participants, will be showing off their amazing wind chime work.

Chimes for Change is our latest project that explores the vital role that art plays in guiding us towards more sustainable lifestyles, through the creation of wind chimes out of recycled and found objects. Students have been busy all this week and last building their chimes, each focusing on an issue personal to them or their community.

After the students complete their chimes, they are recording the sounds and creating experimental digital music out of them using a mobile application called Yellofier. Not only will the Loyola High School students’ chimes be on display at SoundWalk, but also their music; you’ll be able to download and listen to their songs via a QR code next to each chime.

SoundWalk is one of the largest sound art installations in the country, and unfortunately this will be its last year. So, come check out the inspiring art that RuckusRoots’ students have created, plus all the other amazing artists included.

Find us on the map! Here’s where our wind chimes will be at Soundwalk this Saturday: we’re number 27.

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Chimes for Change Begins!

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This week we began the pilot community art program ‘Chimes for Change,’ a music-based variation of TRASHformation. We’re working with students from Loyola High School to fabricate mobile sound installations, or wind chimes, made from found and recycled materials.

Unlike TRASHformation programs in the past, Chimes for Change participants have the opportunity to create their own personal art piece–a wind chime–that aims to explore the relationship between sustainability and the arts. The chime might represent a personal theme or one of which that addresses an issue the artist sees in his/her own community regarding sustainability.

Artist James Peterson of Art & Contraptions, is helping students with the construction and fabrication of the chimes. As an experienced artist who has worked on small to large scale art pieces made with found or recycled materials, he will guide students in the hands-on process of constructing their art pieces.

Using sounds derived from recordings of the chimes, the students will also create experimental, electronically-based songs and audio-visual art pieces. Both the chimes made in this program as well as the collaboratively composed songs have been accepted to show at Sound Walk 2013, one of the country’s largest sound art exhibitions, held in Long Beach on October 5th.

As opportunities for Chimes for Change continue to manifest we are constantly discovering new ways this program could be used to explore the vital role that art can have in guiding us towards more sustainable lifestyles.

 “Far from being irrelevant to social change, the arts is the only way through which we may gain an appreciation of our common humanity, it is the only thing that can teach us to love the world enough to protect and defend it.” Clara Fang

Chimes for Change to Show at Sound Walk 2013

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In its 10th year, Sound Walk is one of the biggest and most well respected sound art expositions in the country. We are so thrilled to announce that wind chimes made in our Chimes for Change program were accepted to show at Sound Walk 2013. What a great opportunity for our program participants! We will be working with several students from Loyola High School as well as students from Northeast LA to create chimes, but if you or someone you know would like to be involved, please contact us! We are accepting chime submissions now!

RuckusRoots Wind Chime To Show at Atwater Village Art Walk 2013

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We’re very excited about our new program, Chimes for Change, which will launch this fall. Until then, we’re planning on making lots of wind chimes out of found objects and recycled materials, and enlisting our friends to do the same. The more the merrier, we say! Our first chime is complete, and I’m very happy to announce that it was accepted to show at the Atwater Village Art Walk this weekend! So if you want to come down and see it for yourself, please do! We’d love to see you there!

Below is the the artist statement that will appear along with the chime, which is entitled “When One Door Closes.”

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WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES

By Christine Spehar

“When One Door Closes” is a wind chime made from found and recycled materials.

The story behind it is two fold.

Firstly, on a personal level, it is inspired by a transition time in my life when, in terms of my significant relationship, “one door closed and another opened.” At first traumatic, but ultimately transformative and positive, the experience reminded me of the importance of boundaries. While healthy boundaries (emotional, physical, etc) are essential for healthy relationships, breaking those boundaries down is sometimes crucial for evolving into something new, different and potentially better. Every material in the piece relates to this theme of boundaries: windows, doors, locks, keys etc. The piece is especially relevant to Atwater Village because, thanks to the experience that inspired it, I was able to move back to the Atwater community, which I love and have lived in for years.

Secondly, I am the founder of a small sustainable arts non-profit called RuckusRoots. We have implemented several programs in East LA communities for underserved teens, usually building art out of recycled materials and creating pieces that show our participants how art can be used to address community issues and affect positive change in the world. We are starting a new program called Chimes for Change this fall, in which we will guide at risk youth in constructing wind chimes like this one. We plan to make a song with the sounds the chimes produce, and to present the chimes with our students and collaborators at Sound Walk 2013.

Not your typical wind chime, “When One Door Closes” offers an array of sounds, from delicate to brash. Many elements of the piece, though old or broken, catch the light in a beautiful way. These features serve as a reminder that any significant relationship or experience is sure to bring with it the full range of human emotions: subtle and sweet, loud and harsh…and that sometimes so-called imperfections can turn out to be just the opposite.

 

Announcing a New Program: Chimes for Change

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We’re very excited to announce a new program here at RuckusRoots: Chimes for Change. An offshoot of TRASHformation, Chimes for Change involves making wind chimes out of found and recycled materials. There are several elements of this program that we can’t quite discuss yet, but here are some hints.

–Anyone can make a chime: student, teacher, artist, you!

–We’ll be holding workshops, teaching participants not only how to build their own chime (with whatever materials they choose), but also sustainable building skills and experimental music recording tecniques.

–We’re working with a groundbreaking Los Angeles music teacher to record our chimes and create something beautiful with the results.

–You can expect an exciting online component to this project, and potentially some guerilla art initiatives as well.

It’s our first music-based program and we’re very excited to finally be incorporating the sound-based side of art into our work. We look forward to chiming in more about this program in the near future. If you’re interested in making a chime with us, or know of a group of youngsters that might like to be involved, please let us know!