Meander is a site-specific sound walk created for Brooklyn Botanic Garden that guides listeners on a meditative stroll into the natural landscape. Created by Joseph White and HERE Arts Residency Program artist Gelsey Bell, the composers who brought you Cairns (included on the New York Times “Best Theater of 2020” list), Meander encourages listeners to watch, listen, and reset their clocks to pastoral temporality, inviting them to sink into the complex patterns and fine details of the natural environment.
Audio will be available here starting January 29 and can be enjoyed on-site or at home. At the Garden, the walk starts at the Visitor Center and ends at the Water Garden.
Meander is copresented with HERE.
About the Artists
Gelsey Bell is a singer, songwriter, and scholar. She has released multiple recordings, is a current HARP Artist at HERE Arts Center, and has received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award. She is a member of thingNY, Varispeed, and the Chutneys. Performance highlights include Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway) and Ghost Quartet, and Robert Ashley’s Improvement.
Joseph White is a composer, lyricist, and performer. He has worked in theater, experimental pop, and new classical, releasing numerous albums on Gold Bolus Recordings. Recent work includes The Wagging Craze (Ars Nova’s ANTFest, Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival, upcoming at Prague Fringe). He is currently composing new work for thingNY and Popebama.
The OBIE-winning HERE (Kristin Marting, founding artistic director) is a leader in the field of producing and presenting new, hybrid performances viewed as a seamless integration of artistic disciplines—theater, dance, music and opera, puppetry, media, visual and installation, spoken word, and performance art. Since its founding in 1993, HERE and the artists it has supported have received 18 Obies, 2 Bessies, 5 Drama Desk nominations, 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Doris Duke Awards, 7 Tony nominations, and 2 MacArthur Fellowships.