Date: 5/16/18 8:53 pm
From: Chuck Berman <cberman129...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: IBET Sound Installation (NO SIGHTING)
This sounds really interesting. It’s a sound installation show at the
Lincoln Park Conservatory with vocalists imitating birds of India. This is
from the Reader listing.

*Lakshmi Ramgopal, **A Half-Light Chorus* This sound installation by the
artist also known as Lykanthea
<https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2017/10/18/for-mca-50-ambient-musician-lykanthea-explores-culture-history-and-identity-with-her-dream-ensemble>
runs
through July 22 in the Fern Room of Lincoln Park Conservatory, as part of
ESS
<https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/experimental-sound-studio-executive-director-lou-mallozzi-resignation/Content?oid=21684346>'s
Florasonic series. Inconspicuous speakers play a looped four-channel
recording of nine vocalists imitating 22 different birds from India and
from Sanskrit literature, among them the puff-throated babbler, the Indian
peafowl, and the blue-bearded bee eater (their names appear on signs
similar to the conservatory's plant markers). The vocalists include
Ramgopal, her mother, and her infant niece, to whom *A Half-Light Chorus* is
dedicated. Being surrounded by their calls feels eerily like wandering into
a forest where the birds have suddenly developed human intelligence.

Chuck Berman
Oak Park

 
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