Opening Program Saturday, June 10, 2023, 10:45 am-1 pm Ford Calumet Environmental Center, Big Marsh Park 11555 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60617 Join for the opening program of Norman Long’s Re-Membering/Re-Prescencing sound installation at the Ford Calumet Environmental Center in Big Marsh Park! This program is the first of four opening festivities for the Dreaming of a Future exhibition on the occasion of Threewalls’ 20th anniversary. For this special event, Threewalls will offer transportation to and from Big Marsh Park. Learn more about the program below! Cost: Free and open to the public Transportation: If you would like to join us and do not have transportation, we have two pick-up and drop-off locations. Seating is limited. Location 1:Central Standard Building, 231 S. LaSalle Street Pick-up: 9:30 am at Central Standard Building, meet on the S. LaSalle side of the building Depart at 9:45 am Location 2: Jeffery Manor Library, 2401 E. 100th Street Pick-up: 10:15 am Depart at 10:30 am We will return to each location to drop-off folks after the program. What to Bring: Please bring water, wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and don’t forget your sunscreen. The walk will be approximately 45min-1hr. Program description: Norman Long: Re-Membering/Re-Prescencing Norman W. Long will lead a soundwalk through Big Marsh Park. We will begin with an internal body scan for the assembled group and ear calibration exercises. We engage our walk as a meditation in finding our presence in places that may not be familiar. Together, we breathe and walk new pathways at Big Marsh Park, with an intention toward openness, re-connection and collective re-precensing. A soundwalk is a guided exploration of a site using listening focused skills. We will listen to how the site sounds, as we are moving through it. I believe that through listening we have a tool to define communities and ourselves. We also can use those tools to shape who we are and where we live. We will be listening for changes, interactions, conditions, weather, traffic, animals, insects, people, vehicles and other factors in what makes a place what it is. We start by listening in our own silence. Being mindful of our own presence and breath. Then we focus on how we sound as we move throughout the site. We then expand our listening to what is near to us, what just passed us and then what is ahead. The walks will focus on the self-care aspects of mindfulness, the connection of the participants to the land as a site for resilience, refuge and recovery. Image description: Landscape photograph of tiny yellow flowers in foreground, a blue pond extending to a background of an abandoned building with two smokestacks and blue sky.
Norman W. Long