New Orleans Airlift announces SPACE RITES: an interactive installation and community performance series, opening Sunday, October 26th as a satellite project of and CANO: Creative Spaces andProspect.3, international art biennial.
Airlift is raising funds to purchase materials for the installation and pay the musicians and performers with an online Kickstarter campaign launching Wednesday, August 27th and ending Friday, September 12th.
Sound artist Taylor Lee Shepherd is creating an original oscilloscope altar in the former St. Maurice Church in the Lower 9th Ward. Taylor’s Oscilloscopes are made from reclaimed TV’s and allow you to see constantly varying lines that represent sound. Performers and visitors can speak, sing and dance — and see their sounds translated to electric waveform.
Interactive performances will occur monthly on October 26th, November 22nd, December 13th andJanuary 7th. We will host guest musical curators like experimental guitarist Rob Cambre and diverse performers including a collaboration between a neighborhood Gospel choir and the Murmurations Choir. Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani will perform his participatory gong orchestra with local Lower 9th Ward residents and musicians.
But one of the most exciting things about this project is the joining of this art installation with community activities. Every Sunday visitors will hear and see the booming voice of Reverend Duplessis, of Mt. Nebo Bible Baptist Church – a Lower 9th Ward congregation that has been displaced since Katrina, and holding services in his home. As his congregation continues rebuilding their church nearly ten years after the storm, the Reverend will use this moment to reach new audiences as he conducts his services through the oscilloscope altar.
Taylor Lee Shepherd is a lead artist and founder of New Orleans Airlift’s ongoing musical architecture project, The Music Box. New Orleans Airlift produces innovative projects for New Orleans-based artists to collaborate and engage with diverse communities, locally and around the globe.