Art Omi welcomes back Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, a participatory electronic soundscape celebrated worldwide every December since 1992. This landmark work of avant-garde public art takes place in more than 130 cities across the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, activating city streets, parks, and landscapes with “a shimmering sound-wall of bells and chimes that is dreamlike to wander through in the December nip” (The Village Voice).
This year’s event will be strictly capped at 50 participants, and all participants must register in advance here. Participants are required to wear a mask at all times, and to maintain appropriate distance from those who are not members of their household. Please note that no indoor access will be permitted during the event, and so participants should dress appropriately for un-paved winter conditions. Personal illumination devices, such as headlamps, are strongly recommended.
An original composition by Phil Kline, Unsilent Night was written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, always as a free event. It takes the form of a promenade in which the audience becomes the performer, walking a carefully chosen route together. Led by composer Phil Kline, participants will gather at Art Omi’s Benenson Center, and then proceed on a route through the park. A selection of Kline’s own boomboxes will be available to borrow on a first-come first-served basis.
Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile phone/media player with external speakers (pre-loaded with the Unsilent Night app or one of the four audio tracks—see unsilentnight.com/participate)—or boombox with functioning tape deck.
A live webstream of Unsilent Night will be made possible by Wave Farm’s Transmit Partner Program by clicking here. Tune in from New York’s Upper Hudson Valley or from around the globe at wavefarm.org/listen and on the Wave Farm Radio App (iOS).
DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 12, 2020 / 5:30pm
Register at www.artomi.org
LOCATION: Omi International Arts Center
1405 County Route 22
Ghent, NY 12075