Unsilent Night 2020
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Art Omi welcomes back Phil Kline's Unsilent Night, a participatory electronic soundscape celebrated worldwide every December since 1992. This landmark work of avant-garde public art takes place in more than 130 cities across the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, activating city streets, parks, and landscapes with “a shimmering sound-wall of bells and chimes that is dreamlike to wander through in the December nip” (The Village Voice).
An original composition by Phil Kline, Unsilent Night was written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, always as a free event. It takes the form of a promenade in which the audience becomes the performer, walking a carefully chosen route together. Led by composer Phil Kline, participants will gather at Art Omi's Benenson Center, and then proceed on a route through the park.
This year's event will be strictly capped at 50 participants, and all participants must register in advance here. Participants are required to wear a mask at all times, and to maintain appropriate distance from those who are not members of their household. Please note that no indoor access will be permitted during the event, and so participants should dress appropriately for un-paved winter conditions. Personal illumination devices, such as headlamps, are strongly recommended.
Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile phone/media player with external speakers (pre-loaded with the Unsilent Night app or one of the four audio tracks—see unsilentnight.com/participate)—or boombox with functioning tape deck. A selection of Kline's own boomboxes will be available to borrow on a first-come first-served basis.
A live webstream of Unsilent Night will be made possible by Wave Farm’s Transmit Partner Program by clicking here. Tune in from New York's Upper Hudson Valley or from around the globe at wavefarm.org/listen and on the Wave Farm Radio App (iOS).
For additional information, including full participant instructions and downloads, please visit omi.unsilentnight.com.
Join us on Saturday mornings for safe exploration of the Sculpture & Architecture Park and art-making for kids ages 5-12. Weekly workshops host a maximum of twelve children, with a minimum of two teachers. This program will be held almost entirely outdoors with art-making occurring under the open-air Education Pavilions.
Open Figure Drawing for Adults gathers Monday and Wednesday evenings to sketch, draw, and render from a live model. Open to artists of all skill levels ages 16+, each two-hour sessions is self-guided and intended to provide time and space for members of our local community to share in the exploration of this traditional art practice. Please note that pre-registration is required.
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