Practicing bhramari pranayama
(bee breath) during the workshop.

On April 30th I offered a workshop called “Livestream your soundscape,” hosted by Venture Cafe Miami and MDC Live Arts.

A PDF of the slides will give you access to all the links. At some point the screen sharing function wasn’t showing my slides anymore so hopefully this can help you make more sense of all the steps in the process. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Grant Smith of Soundcamp in London is responsible for organizing a lot of the Reveil project, so you can also consult their website for more info. Grant deserves credit for initiating this network of information sharing.

Also, one correction: I realized today that the Locus Sonus app does not support MP3 without a different, more complex configuration. So please just use OGG. You can test your stream in different browsers to make sure it’s accessible.

The video to the presentation is also archived on Facebook if you want to watch it.

Two people stand in Biscayne Bay with their arms extended, hovering their hand over the water. They are participants in a night-time kayak outing guided by artist Fereshteh Toosi.
If you’ve been wanting to join my night-time kayak outings, Wednesday March 4th is your last chance! My Oolite Arts Ellies Award project features poetry and deep listening focused on the teachings of water. We meet at 6:45 PM and the ticket price covers kayak rental, paddles, life vest, s’mores, bonfire, and a poetry zine to take home. Returning participants get a discount and part of all proceeds will be donated to Love the Everglades, a Miccosukee-run environmental advocacy group. My Water Radio project will continue after March, but this is the final opportunity to be a part of the Reading Camp with O, Miami! Tickets are available at: tinyurl.com/kayak-reading-camp.

 On Thursday March 12, you’re invited to a forest immersion and sound performance that I will offer at the FIU Nature Preserve in conjunction with two pieces I have in the Transitional Nature exhibit. If you can’t make it to the live event, the gallery exhibit will be on view at the Frost Art Museum until Sunday May 17. Admission is free for both. When you go to the museum, I’d love for you to email or post a video of yourself interacting with my plant instruments.

 On Wednesday April 15, I’ll be doing a lecture and workshop at the North Regional Library as part of Broward College’s STEAM Visiting Artist Series which features artists whose work intersects with science, technology, engineering and math. I’ll talk about my practice and teach participants how to make their own light-up paper pop-up card. Lecture is at 11:00, workshop is at 1:30. Come to one or to both!In 2020, I’m excited to be developing a new performance piece as part of the Miami-Dade College Live Arts ECOCultura initiative. My project is in the research and development stage and I’m grateful for the opportunity to cultivate new work over the course of a year. The process involves sharing feedback with five other artists who are addressing issues such as climate gentrification, grief, and anxiety; aging bodies as a metaphor for changing environment; Black women’s perspectives on water ethics; and youth voices on climate change. We’re just beginning but stay tuned for updates from the MDC Live Arts Lab (LALA).

Since I last wrote in 2019, I also attended an eco-acoustics workshop in France with sound artists Annea Lockwood and Leah Barclay, participated in the inaugural mini-residency with Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE), and completed a collaborative residency before presenting my work at Emergency Response Time, a climate art symposium hosted by Science Walden and the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World in Dartington, England. 

If you’ve read this far and you’d still like to learn more, you can check out my interview with the Kidnapped for Dinner podcast, recorded live at Mana Contemporary during Miami Art Week and broadcast by Orchid.fm. In this conversation with Kristen Soller, I talk about interspecies kinship and the nature/culture themes that weave through my current projects.

I’m in a group show in Los Angeles which opens September 7, 2019.

Singing in the Dark: A Meditation on Migration is an exhibition reflecting on migratory displacement, refuge, exile, and belonging. For immigrants and refugees in the US, cultural adaptation and survival is a relentless negotiation between there/here and then/now/tomorrow. Longing, regret, and affirmation mix with fear and desire for what the future might hold.   

The artists of Singing in the Dark offer strategies to embrace, remember, and rebuild the past through art. Their works point to shared yet often neglected histories with the goal of inspiring reflection and hope against the new normal that envelops our deeply polarized country. They mine personal and family histories reaching back across decades to negotiate identity and find ways to arrive at a tentative peace that, even if filled with contradictions and gaps in knowledge and narrative, can give root and provide a vantage point from which an ever-evolving sense of belonging can grow.

How can one begin to belong in a place where one is not from – whether one is situated in a location by choice or chance, or perhaps by force? How does one begin to survive and cultivate a viable existence in a foreign place under any of these circumstances? The impulse to find safety and stability lends itself quickly to establishing belonging, often tied to a grounding sense of place. To ensure one’s chances to survive, one must adapt and be prepared. Like inhaling and exhaling, one dedicates time, builds improvised communities of family and friends, learns new languages and customs; one begins to see oneself framed by new possibility in an adopted place. But the work of belonging is easily complicated by distance in time and geography, guilt, trauma, and haunted by memories treasured, painful, and unspoken.

This exhibition was originally conceived as a response to the previous group exhibition, called Made in Asian America, in which many of the artists presented work focused on themes of war- or migration-related trauma, loss, cultural memory, and family history. Especially dark days of late provide substantial motivation for the exhibition, too, as we bear witness to the growing casualties of hate-fueled nihilism and the expanding fascism of the state. 

Artists in the exhibition are Susu Attar, Mitsuko Brooks, Yasmine Diaz, Cirilo Domine, Farsad Labbauf, Ann Le, Việt Lê, Tu Nguyen, and Fereshteh Toosi. All of the artists are themselves immigrants or refugees, or their parents are. The same is true of the curators of Art Salon Chinatown. 

Featured artwork by Việt Lê

fingers plucking at a piece of spiky palm bark in a well lit gallery

On Sunday, August 18th from 1 to 2 pm, I’ll be presenting an experimental plant concert at Radiator Comics’ Pop-Up Shop at EXILE Books. It will feature a collaboration between me, Nicole Salcedo, Bo Tye, and amplified plant materials. The event will also include readings by Onajide Shabaka, and plant information presnted by Brett Jestrow, PhD. I hope you will join us at 5900 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL 33127. More information and updates can be found at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2368121706802304/​