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Dream Prayer Observatory

September 11, 2020 at 12:00 pmSeptember 12, 2020 at 12:00 am

Dream Prayer Observatory

As part of its CIRCA Presents series, the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts presents Dream Prayer Observatory, a meditative work of image and sound. On Friday, September 11, Dream Prayer Observatory will run in a continuous loop online from noon until midnight. The work is a collaborative creation between photographer Dan Bailey, composer Linda Dusman, and audio engineer Alan Wonneberger, with violinist Airi Yoshioka.

Enjoy a brief preview of Dream Prayer Observatory here.

Visit here to enjoy Dream Prayer Observatory on September 11.

A meet the artist session will take place on Friday, September 11 at 6 p.m. — visit the CIRCA site for details.

Dan Bailey’s Observatories series renders photographs with an expanded sense of time. It attempts to slow down to observe, reflect, and record landscapes — a rhythm that is more on a geologic time scale. The images presented in Dream Prayer Observatory are from one camera view on the southern coast of Tasmania taken over a period of three months.

Composer Linda Dusman began to study the Paganini Caprices in response to a request from violinist Airi Yoshioka for a new solo work. At the same time, the plight of children in the Mideast immigrating with their families drew her to listen to an Arabic lullaby, which used a similar mode to the 6th Paganini Caprice. The combination in Dream Prayer Lullaby ultimately became three-fold: a dream of a peaceful integration of peoples as they are forced from one land to another, a prayer that this dream might be realized, and a lullaby to comfort the children who suffer and wait.

Alan Wonneberger recorded and spatialized Airi Yoshioka’s performance Dream Prayer Lullaby as the audio component of Dream Prayer Observatory. Convolution reverb places the violin in the Great Pyramid, while the work slowly “migrates” in stereo space.



September 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm
September 12, 2020 at 12:00 am
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