Reception Thursday, January 11th, 6-9pm
Recordings scheduled through January 27th
The Icebox Project Space is excited to welcome in the new year with Sound Affect, a month-long project transforming the Icebox into a hybrid recording booth/observatory. For the past three years in January, the Icebox has asked members of Philadelphia’s greater creative community to submit a prediction for the coming year, published as a document of hopes and fears told through collected dinner conversations, drawings, images, and text. Last year, our predictions resulted in an incredible night of performances: Future Perfect.
This year, we listen to sound as having both the ability to tell the future, but also speak of the past; and as such we will be recording audio predictions in the Icebox. Considering the comment by Ruth Bader Ginsburg about the true symbol of the United States not being a bald eagle but a pendulum, and looking back at several conversations that came out of our 2017 programming including Taji Ra’oof Nahl’s Amplified Repertoir-Baton, Mina Zarfsaz’s A Corporal Orchestration of Sounds, and Black Quantum Futurism’s Time Camp 001, we are stuck by time’s ability to coexist in both the past and future simultaneously. So, to imagine our past and future as the swings of a pendulum, the acoustical byproduct of this rhythmic cycle becomes the metronome or cadence of where we are today.
We are once again asking our community to contribute to this year’s collection of predictions. The Icebox will be available to anyone who is interested in contributing a sound, a song, spoken word, foot stomp, crash, or a whisper to the Sound Affect project. These sounds will be compiled and distributed as a sonic archive for 2018. Record your prediction at our Second Thursday reception, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a personal recording time.