This is an invitation to expectant parents, who are due to have their babies between now and September 30, 2015. You are invited to participate in a project by acclaimed Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar who is presenting a remarkable project for Nuit Blanche 2015, adding to the joyous noise celebrating birth and life in the city.
The project is called (Music) Everything I know I learnt the day my son was born and is an immersive sound installation that will play the first sounds of babies born in the city of Toronto in the months leading up to Nuit Blanche 2015.
The audio installation will take place at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, on October 3rd, 2015, in the beautiful Allan Gardens (pictured), located on the south side of Carlton Street between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets.
The sound installation takes place in actual time. If a child is born at 8:45 pm, at 8:45 pm on the night of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, for one night only, the audience will hear the sound of their first vocalizations. The project is designed to celebrate and remind – in a beautiful and moving way, of the joy and texture of life at its beginning.
The way it works:
The project involves recording a few seconds of audio of your child first sounds. The recording is done very simply, directly from an iphone or small sound recorder. Once the recording is made, all the sounds – of the delivery space, midwife, parents etc. will be removed and only the first sounds of your baby will be played at the exact time of their birth in the sound installation.
We are working in proud collaboration with the Toronto Birth Centre and the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program. The project organizers have recruited midwifery students who are familiar with and sensitive to birthing spaces will act as the recorders for participating families.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
If you are interested in being a part of this project, you can do one of the following:
If you live in Toronto and you’re expecting a baby between now and Sep 30, and are interesting in having their first cries played out inside the Allan Gardens conservatory for the one night of Nuit Blanche, you can:
1.Record it yourself, through a friend/partner/doula/midwife or someone present at your birth
- Get in touch with the project coordinator (Marjan/email) who can connect you to an experienced midwifery student who can take on the recording.
One way or the other, please be in touch with Marjan, if you are
Either way, Marjan, the coordinator of the project will connect you with the midwifery student recorders and coordinate your participation.
Privacy: It is essential to emphasize that the identity of the babies and the parents will be kept strictly confidential. The names of babies and parents will not be identified during the exhibition.
Audio recordings will be sent anonymously to the sound engineer with no record of the name/person. All identifying sounds will be scrubbed.
We thank you in advance for letting us be a part of this most intimate and wondrous event. We hope you will share our excitement about this wonderful project celebrating the joyous noise of birth and new life.
About Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015
2015 is a special year – it marks the 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The event has grown from a one-off all night event attracting 375,000 people, to an eagerly-awaited yearly event that transforms the City and attracts 1.5 million overnight audience members. By most accounts, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (taking place Oct 3, 2015) is the largest contemporary art event in North America. Click here to learn more about Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
More about (Music)
Alfredo Jaar is a renowned contemporary artist with a deep interest in social justice and community engagement. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Prize and has exhibited projects in major institutions around the world, including the Venice Biennale. He previously mounted this project at the Nasher Museum in Texas. You can read about it here: http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/art/exhibitions/exhibition?id=37
The Toronto Birth Centre will be partnering with families, midwives, Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, and and the City of Toronto to realize “(Music) Everything I know I learnt the day my son was born”. The project will consist of a series of recordings of newborns’ first sounds played throughout the night at Allan Gardens as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on October 3, 2015.