[Reader-list] [Announcements] Networked Music Review Commission: "Rust Belt / Bayou" by Julia Christensen

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Networked Music Review Commission: "Rust Belt / Bayou" by Julia Christensen
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"Rust Belt / Bayou" is an aural exploration of two cities: Cleveland, Ohio,
and New Orleans, Louisiana. For the past several years, Christensen's
artistic practice has been based in extensive travel throughout the United
States, surveying the ways in which communities are changing in the shadow
of corporate real estate development.

During these travels, she has often been struck by the similarities between
Cleveland, a city of the Rust Belt, and New Orleans, a city of the bayou.
Both cities dwell on the shores of bodies of water with global reach:
Cleveland on Lake Erie, New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Both cities
have seen the boom and bust of industry and population throughout their
histories - past and present. Cleveland and New Orleans look remarkably
different, but Christensen has often noticed that they have sounds in
common: industry, birds, water, tourists. "Rust Belt / Bayou" offers an
interactive document of aural snapshots from recent trips to both New
Orleans and Cleveland.

"Rust Belt / Bayou" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts,
Inc., for Networked_Music_Review. It was made possible with funding from the
New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney
General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.


Julia Christensen is an artist whose work treads on the thin line between
art and research. She also likes to tread on most of the thin lines between
various media, between the electronic and the non-electronic, and between
audience and performer. Julia is the author of "Big Box Reuse" (MIT Press,
Fall 2008), a book about how communities are renovating abandoned Wal-Mart
and K-Mart structures for creative new uses. Her photography, sound work,
and electronic installations have shown recently at the Walker Art Center in
Minneapolis, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and the DUMBO Art Center
in Brooklyn, among other venues. Julia lectures widely about land use, art,
music, and interdisciplinary research. She likes hearing stories, playing
with her rock band in Troy, traveling in the depths of the United States,
and thinking about the future.

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