For tens of thousands of years there has been a constant ebb and flow between nature controlling humanity, and humanity controlling nature. Natural phenomena like the climate, severe weather, and natural disasters have shaped how we live our lives for the entirety of the human experience. In return we have affected the environment, both wittingly and unwittingly, through industrial agriculture, hunting, and more recently, through our carbon and methane emissions.
In Bloom is an immersive sound installation that allows audiences to examine our relationship with the natural world and question traditionally conceived ideas of control. The audience is invited to experience the blooming of several flowers as a spatial experience instead of a temporal one. Improvising musicians are spread out along a circular path in small groups, each group representing a progressive stage in the blooming of the flower. The audience is given the choice as to how fast they move through the installation, what direction they move through it, and at what points they choose to start and stop, allowing each individual to control how they view each event.
In Bloom is a collaboration between Austin Soundwaves, Panoramic Voices, composer James W. Parker and author Paola Caballero Daza.
Two performances of the piece (at 1 pm and 1:40 pm) will be part of Umlauf Sculpture Garden’s Family Day, an event held on the second Sunday of each month from 12 pm to 4 pm that includes activities for families to enjoy together.