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Biophony residents' record with a parabilic microphone under the guidance of soundscaper Chad Clifford of Wilderness Rhythms

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Ayatana resident Linelle Steppo records at a Physics of Sound workshop

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Johannes Welsch plays the gongs at the Dunrobin Sonic Gym

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Michael Grant teaches Ayatana residents to assemble an ultra sonic listening device

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Ayatana resident Lucie Strecker listens to a tree through a stethoscope


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Residents enjoy a forest lecture on bats lead by zoologist Liv Monck-Whipp

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Ayatana residents play crystal singing bowls in a sound healing workshop

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Artist Nadya Eidelstein listens to a bark beetle in the bioacoustic lab of Jayne Yak at Carleton University

 

 

This specialized Biophilia program is for artists to explore biology through sound
BIOPHONY

Bioacoustics for artists/Biology for sound artists


May 2018
Deadline to apply Dec 10, 2017
 

A biophony is the collective voice of non-human life in an environment.

The Biophony program is a research residency for Canadian and international artists interested in the acoustics of ecology and the sounds of wildlife. It will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the spring of 2018. The residency will involve daily excursions into natural habitats to focus on bioacoustics for collection of samples and exploration of a range of Canadian wilderness. Expeditions into forests, wildlife sanctuaries, farms and research labs will be lead by scientists, naturalists, artists and healers to enrich our understanding of ecology and bio diversity.

Ayatana residencies are designed to support research by visual and conceptual artists. Writers, musicians, film makers and dancers are always invited to apply. This residency will host five or six selected artists and preference will be given, but is not limited to, those working with sound art and performance.  The program lends itself well to ambient jams and talking about gear with the other residents.

We are looking for adventurous artists interested in experimentation who have a willingness to participate in spontaneous sharing of early-stage ideas in a small group. This action packed research residency leaves little time free for making art, so developing ideas and collecting material is encouraged at all times. The workshops will support the experimentation of new artistic projects in a friendly and analytical context.

To participate in Biophony you do not need any experience with biology or sound, but if you would like to collect digital samples you will need a device like a Zoom or a smart phone.

At least half of all Ayatana field trips are spent outdoors and some involve gentle hiking. Those who do not like the outdoors or to talk about art need not apply.

Outline
All activities are subject to change depending on ecological conditions, expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. Outings will go ahead rain or shine.

Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group

Recording and Sound Engineering:
Learn to process your samples in a basic digital sound engineering workshop.

Physics of Sound:
Learn what sound is and how it works at Ottawa University physics department.

Bats:
Local maker will teach us to use an Arduino to assemble an ultra sonic listening device to listen to bats.

A local bat expert will join us with her bat detector to amplify their tweets and chirps.

Entomology:
Visit an Ottawa University laboratory where audible caterpillar communication is studied.

Herpetology:
A guided walk and listen to the calls of the forest frogs of the Ottawa Valley.

Speach Analysis:
Study human sounds at the Sound Patterns Lab, Ottawa University.

Botany:
Listen to the inside of trees and discus plant hearing at the Ayatana Tree Listening Station

Ornithology:
An owl prowl will be lead by an expert from the Ottawa Field Naturalist Society where residents will learn to call owls and identify nocturnal birds.

Residents will stroll through Gatineau Park at day break to hear the dawn chorus lead by a field naturalist with expertise in identifying birds by song.

Sound healing session:
Experience the soothing sounds of an experienced sound healer.

Soundscaping:
Explore the High Lonesome Nature Reserve with naturalist and soundscaper Chad Clifford from Wilderness Rhythms with his parabolic, binaural and underwater microphones.

Deep Listening:
Visit the Dunrobin Sonic Gym for a talk on the Biology of sound.

Contemporary Art:
Presentation of contemporary artists working with sound and biology and their work.

 

Location:
Residents will be picked up in Ottawa, Canada and driven to the Ayatana Residency House, near the small town of Chelsea, Quebec. This culturally vibrant town, nestled between Gatineau National Park and the Gatineau River, is home to many scientists and artists.

Cost 
$1200 USD
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Official invites and supporting documentation will be given to accepted applicants to help secure grants and funding.

What is included:
All activities.
Transportation to all activities.
Supplies, equipment and technical gear.
A comfortable bed in the Ayatana residency house.
Most meals will be provided, cooked by our resident chef. *Residents will be responsible for paying for their own meals from restaurants, which will happen 2 or 3 times during the week.


How to apply:
Send the following material to ArtLovesScience@gmail.com before Dec 10, 2017
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 examples of work in any format

Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.

 

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Listen to past Biophony residents' field recordings

For more images of past Ayatana adventures see our face book albums

Biophony May 2017, Chelsea Quebec

Peep, Croak, Growl June 2016, Chelsea, Quebec

Biophlia Sept 2015, Chelsea, Quebec

Biophilia Sept 2014 Wakefield, Quebec