83 past events with the science tag

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Jun 5, 2021


  • Cicada Science + Listening Session and Vocal Workshop 11am to 2pm @ Ball State University, Various locations 2500 W. University Ave. Muncie, IN 47306

    The Muncie Arts and Culture Council and PlySpace Artist in Residence Erin Mallea, invite you to participate in the Cicada Chorus.

    The Cicada Chorus project is offering two workshops on Saturday, June 5.

    More information on this project and a full list of workshops on https://www.plyspace.org/cicada

    Cicada Science + Listening Session

    Saturday, June 5, 11:00 am–12:15 pm 

    Ball State University, Christy Woods

    Free parking is available at the Cooper Life Sciences parking lot on Riverside Ave. Participants will meet outside of the Charles W. Brown Planetarium.

    This indoor and outdoor session will include an introduction to the science of cicadas and singing insects led by the Ball State Environmental Education Center. Afterward, Mallea will lead a series of listening exercises to facilitate slower, more attentive listening to our surroundings as an entrypoint to the project and a means to tune into our greater ecosystem and non-human neighbors. Participants are required to wear masks.

    Vocal Workshop

    Saturday, June 5th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

    Ball State University, Fine Arts Building AR 217 (David Owsley Museum of Art Building)

    John Vessels, Ball State University Instructor of Theater, Dance, and Musical Theatre, will lead participants in a series of vocal exercises to explore the capacity of the human voice and unusual sound making. We will practice breathing, noise making, and inhabiting another sensibility. No prior singing or choral experience is required. Session will be in a large, indoor space to allow physical distancing. Participants are required to wear masks. If you are interested in participating virtually, please let us know.

Jun 19, 2021


Jun 29, 2021


  • Erin Mallea // Artist Talk and One-night Viewing Of "The Cicada Chorus" 6pm @ PlySpace Gallery 608 E Main Street, Muncie, IN 47305

    Join The Muncie Arts and Culture Council (MACC) for a one-night exhibition and artist talk led by PlySpace Artist in Residence, Erin Mallea. Mallea’s video project, “The Cicada Chorus”, will premiere for a one-night only public viewing following an artist talk on Tuesday, June 29, at 6:00 pm at PlySpace Gallery. The artist talk will focus on the work Mallea has completed at PlySpace, as well as previous work. “The Cicada Chorus” was created in collaboration with participants from the Muncie Community. This event is free and open to the public, with masks required. 

    Since joining PlySpace in May, Mallea has collaborated with individuals from the Muncie community as well as the Ball State Environmental Education Center, John Vessels of Ball State Theatre and Dance, Camp Adventure, and Red-Tail Land Conservancy to listen to and observe insect noises in the area. The research and recorded sounds were used to develop a performance video where participants make sounds to imitate a choral insect cacophony. The chorus, and subsequent video, celebrates the particularities of the region’s ecosystem and the often taken for granted “others” we live alongside that are integral to our ecosystem. 

    Mallea writes: “The chorus is an opportunity for collective close-looking and listening as an entrypoint to playfully, yet earnestly inhabit a non-human sensibility. The chorus has become a collective clock: mimicking the sounds of cicadas shifting from dawn to dusk and spring to summer.”

    About the Artist:

    Erin Mallea (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist motivated by an attempt to better understand the spaces she inhabits. Collapsing personal, natural, and national history, her work explores the past and present of particular microcosms as metaphors for larger human and environmental conditions. Analytical, meandering, playful, and often public in nature, her work scrutinizes systems of producing knowledge, place, and relationships to nature in the American landscape and manifests in a range of media including video, audio, sculpture, photography, performance, writing, and participatory projects. Mallea has exhibited internationally, advocated for the ethical memorialization of a historic oak tree, and recently sent vibrations from a giant fungus throughout the atmosphere. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Mallea teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and Carlow University.

    More information about the Cicada Chorus visit our website, www.PlySpace/cicada.  PlySpace Summer Term events can be found on the PlySpace website at www.PlySpace.org/events and the PlySpace Facebook page. Questions or comments about the PlySpace Residency program, events, and community collaborations can be directed to the Program Coordinator, Sarah Shaffer, at sarah@munciearts.org. Learn more about Muncie Arts & Culture Council at www.munciearts.org.

    PlySpace is a program of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council in partnership with the City of Muncie, Ball State University School of Art, and Sustainable Muncie Corporation. PlySpace is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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