Hear + There: Traversing the Estuaries of the Greater Judacullawi

Installation by The Bascom's W.R.A.P. (Winter Residency Artist Program) artists Morgan Kennedy and Ray Baccari.

January 12 - February 24, 2019




In the summer of 2018, a unique partnership began between Ray Baccari, a Master of Fine Arts student, and Morgan Kennedy, a Western North Carolina University Professor of Fine Arts to form a collaborative creative group. This collaboration resulted from the introduction of an MFA Graduate Critique Class prompt: A project based on rocks collected along the shore of Glenville Lake. Each student was given a rock by Kennedy and asked to create a work of art using it as the base concept.


The initial rock sound sculpture was created a year ago by Baccari and exhibited in last year’s Local Made Local exhibition organized by Kennedy. This sound sculpture utilized the stone as both object and sound maker. This past summer, the decision was made to take the initial rock sound sculpture and further explore its potential through a new collaborative project called hear + there. The goal was to expand on the purpose and concept of the initial rock sound sculpture through the layers of collaborative contributions each artist would bring to the endeavor.


Phase one began this past June with the creation of two custom wood backpacks made from a combination of local and regional materials that form the base of the story. The packs center around the re-use of Jimmy Johns 6-gallon pickle buckets. The frames were made of local yellow locust wood and were designed by unifying a collection of historic alpine styled, wooden framed packs. Sound, image, and GPS capturing instruments were added to the units in order to explore data collection that reflects modern approaches of telling stories. Custom branded t-shirts were created to establish identity. The backpacks are meant to serve as a performative, symbolic tool used to both explore and document the waterways of the Judacullawi – place of Juduculla – or greater Cherokee region of Cullowhee as it is known today. Along the journey through the region, river rocks were collected - artifacts not only meant to commemorate the experience, but to be reused to help tell the acoustic history of the region.


At center stage, a large platform holds several tons of collected river rocks, displayed in a way to mimic a section of the river walks. A portion of these rocks are wired using a small piezo pick-up microphone and fed to 80 3-inch speakers. The sound is created through touch or visitor implemented movement. The GPS information collected along the walks is re-rendered as embossed prints to re-contextualize the experience. “Sound”, “recording”, “collecting”, “recall”, “ritual”, “chance”, “collection”, “collaboration”, “mark making”, “space”, “signifier of events”, and “stories of place” are all terms and phrases that will hopefully be emphasized in the undertaking.







Hear + There: Traversing the estuaries of the greater Judacullawi is the installation by The Bascom's W.R.A.P. (Winter Residency Artist Program) artists Morgan Kennedy and Ray Baccari.
Hear + There: Traversing the estuaries of the greater Judacullawi is the installation by The Bascom's W.R.A.P. (Winter Residency Artist Program) artists Morgan Kennedy and Ray Baccari.
 
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