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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Interview: Hildegard Westerkamp

Listening (24 min.) This film by Mike Hoolboom and Heather Frise is a short bio of iconic Vancouver composer and sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp. She was the only woman to participate in the original version of the World Soundscape Project that not only brought new ears to city life, but laid the foundation for noise bylaws/pollution standards, radically upending traditional notions of music, the role of the composer, and found new uses for the portable tape recorder. In addition, Hildegard has brought the art of sound walking to groups around the world, and in these face-to-face encounters she has formulated a deep feminist ecology rooted in the body. This experimentalist short offers a place for the viewer to listen, conjuring the space of listening as the necessary precondition for personal and societal change. 

The film was first shown at the BEAST FEaST 2021, Recalibration, April 22-24, 2021


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