July 11, 2017 - July 15, 2017

Prismatic Park: Ánde Somby

 

From July 11-July 15, as part of his artist residency through Blank Forms, Ánde Somby will present the tradition of yoiking, part of the musical heritage of the Samiland territories of Northern Norway. By taking the human voice to the very edge of its capabilities, yoiking includes a wide range of sounds that are meant to embody the spirits of animals and the natural world. During his residency there will be multiple performances of his musical conversations with the Park’s environment, as he uses Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park as a sound stage.

Make sure to pick up a free poster in the Park, featuring exclusive images provided by Somby and his artist residency schedule.

 

Tuesday, July 11
10-11am: Site Visit
12pm: Performance

Wednesday, July 12,
1-2pm & 5-6pm: Performance

Thursday, July 13
12-1pm & 6-7pm: Performance

Friday, July 14
6-8pm: Talk

Saturday, July 15
12-1pm & 6-7pm: Performance

 

Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park will be on view from June 13-October 8. Prismatic Park will be used by three art non-profit organizations—Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House—to realize new and exciting works. When not occupied by resident artists, the public can access the exhibition as a platform for their own creativity. Look out for a free weekly poster available in the Park.


Ánde Somby is a traditional Sami yoiker from Sirbma, a town in the Samiland territories of Northern Norway. At its core, yoiking is a deeply spiritual performance of the individual in concert with their natural environment. The dynamic, semi-improvised vocal tradition practiced by the indigenous Sami people of Northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland has been recognized as the oldest surviving in Europe. Often it is an attempt to replicate or represent the sounds of animals, with the yoik of the wolf, yoik of the salmon, the mosquito yoik, etc. But just as often it is a means of storytelling. Some yoiks tell stories of fairies and mountain spirits, some protest the disenfranchisement of the Sami people by the Norwegian state; with Norway long-insistent on subsuming Sami culture, the political and mythological can often be intertwined. Somby has been performing traditional and original yoiks since 1974, a rarity among his contemporaries in that he writes his own. He is also an associate professor of law specializing in indigenous rights at the University of Tromsø and a longtime activist for Sami rights and cultural retention in Norway.

 

 

2017-07-11 8:00:00 2017-07-15 16:00:00 America/New_York Prismatic Park: Ánde Somby

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