SOTA is now engaging the Twin Cities in exhibitionary form.
We believe in bringing art to the public through media, and now SOTA is programming physical exhibitions, installations, and gatherings which will promote artists and connect to the community of the Twin Cities. These happenings will activate areas throughout Minneapolis-Saint Paul, each one delivering a unique experience where the artist is encouraged to break the boundaries of the preconceived notion of an art show. SOTA encourages artists to think of their projects without conventional barriers. Many projects are thrust into the public sphere, creating a common ground for art and people to meet while providing a brand new experience in our beloved cities.
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Space isn’t empty nor silent, but what if it’s lifeless?
Terraforming is a sound story about our hopeful quest for other lifeforms in the universe. This piece takes listeners through the liftoff, the search, and the aftermath of discovering nothing.
This exhibition is based on the reality of our climate crisis with the backdrop of our quest to colonize Mars and the moon. A chance at a new life on a new planet provides hope in moments where anxiety about climate change is overwhelming.
Terraforming incorporates NASA recordings from space, including speech, the sound of a supernova, plasma waves and a spacecraft as it descends on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.
This project plays with a 360 sound stage, frequencies and musical scales designed to evoke certain sensations, including pressure in your head as the shuttle lifts off; a calm, dream-like state as the shuttle arrives in orbit; and dark and uneasy feeling as the reality sets in that we may, in fact, be alone in the universe.
The ideas that Terraforming addresses are particularly timely because this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the first walk on the moon and NASA recently announced that another astronaut is going to the moon by 2024.
This sound story is a celebration of these scientific accomplishments and an invitation to think about how we romanticize life beyond earth when turmoil on our planet feels unbearable.
Terraforming is a call to either crumble or live as if what we have now, right here, is all we have.
Danelle Cloutier is a queer audio engineer and journalist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She likes preserving the present and past in audio recordings of special moments in her life and intriguing environments. The inspiration for Terraforming came from a lifelong fascination with the paranormal and extraterrestrial. Terraforming blends her love of storytelling with her background in foley, sound effects, and music production.