Soundwave NEXT is a partnership between Gray Area and Soundwave, two veteran San Francisco arts organizations to explore the future of sound. The program invites curators, artists, producers, or collectives to present new performance-based works or productions based in sound.
The unfolding global pandemic has triggered an existential reckoning over our conceptions of place and human encounter. The escalating political, economic, environmental, and public health crisis has revealed a tenuous, yet insistent desire for connectivity across space and time.
Translocality seeks to unite human and nonhuman communities in the Bay Area socially, physically, and sonically as a living network of sentient beings. This open call invites applicants to propose soundscapes to activate sound art in Bay Area locations to:
● Recalibrate our sensitivity to living realities existing beyond the individual self
● Connect us to the complex weaving of stories, histories, and ecologies of place
Investigate vestiges of memory materialized through objects, land, and architecture
● Imagine future possibilities for collective transformation in the SF Bay Area
3 selected works will be awarded $1,000 each to create an immersive site-specific soundscape and walking map-score for a location in the SF Bay Area. Awardees will also have access to Gray Area’s space for recording and an optional video projection display in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Applications are due by May 7, 2021 11:59 PM PST.