Over three weeks in October, Friends of the Rail Park, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter join forces to bring you Site/Sound: Revealing The Rail Park Festival this fall!
This project will be a unique happening taking place in October, weaving together sight and sound along the spine of one of America’s most historic corridors: the tracks, thoroughfares and tunnels of the terminus of the Reading Railroad. The Rail Park and adjoining neighborhoods will teem with public events and innovative art installations combining sound and visual art, celebrating the past, present and future of the historic rail corridor.
Through soundscapes, music and spoken word programs, large-scale projections, new murals, exhibitions, pop-up experiences, films, live performances, special tours and family programming, Site/Sound will activate both the current quarter-mile of elevated green space and invite the public to envision the path of the future park and experience its unusual vantage both above and below the cityscape.
Gene Coleman, executive director of ACF Philadelphia, will serve as curator of the three anchor art installations from three teams of noted Philadelphia-based visual and sound artist teams: Carolyn Healy and John JH Phillips; Erik Ruin and Rosie Langabeer; and Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib and Eugene Lew. The installations will be activated on three Saturdays – October 5, 12 and 19 – at various locations along the future path of the Park with live performances, each site timed sequentially for three performances per night on the Saturday nights (Sunday rain date).
The celebration of sight and sound will offer the opportunity to move through the vibrant spaces of the city’s diverse communities through inspired public art activations and activities, including many developed by neighborhood residents and organizations. Site/Sound will attract audiences of all ages and backgrounds from across the city, inviting them to imagine the next phase of this uniquely Philadelphian public park.
The seeds for Site/Sound were sown in 2015, with an artistic collaboration between Mural Arts and the ACF called If You Could Hear These Walls, and in 2016, when the two organizations presented Unsung, an immersive sound and video experience in architectural remnants of the Reading Railroad at 11th and Carleton streets. Sound artist and composer Nadia Botello and video artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib created an experience that brought to life the women of the Callowhill neighborhood from its earliest days to our present moment and attracted over 1,000 viewers in a one-night-only performance.
Site/Sound: Revealing the Rail Park is supported by the William Penn Foundation, PNC Arts Alive, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit muralarts.org/sitesound.
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