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November 4, 2020

Sasha Petrenko, Creative Director
Mindport Exhibits
(360) 647-5614

Mindport Exhibits presents Habitats in the Sound

Song for Five Zones is a collaboration between artists Sasha Petrenko, Cynthia Camlin and their students in the Department of Art and Art History at Western Washington University. Song for Five Zones is an outdoor sound installation consisting of a six-channel recording based on five regional habitat zones including alpine/subalpine, forest/meadows, rivers/estuaries, intertidal and marine/kelp forest. It will be available for the public from Saturday, November 20 through Sunday, December 27.

Broadcast through 9 speakers housed in sculptural cases, suspended from the roof of Mindport Exhibits into an alley way, this public sound art installation with be free and open to the public. 

This fall at Western 26 students working in teams of 5, conducted research and collected field recordings across an array of landscapes from mountainous to marine, to learn from and describe specific organisms and ecological communities. In the studio, with new audio engineering capabilities, each team produced an original multi-track recording. 

The final 5 part “song,” narrated by Sasha Petrenko, will be installed in the alleyway adjacent to Holly Street, between Wild Buffalo and Mindport Exhibits in downtown Bellingham. The public is encouraged to walk down the alley anytime between 4 and 10 p.m. to experience the artwork through the holiday season. 

Collaboration is key to any healthy community and we’d like to thank the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and Mindport Exhibits for their constant and encouraging support. 

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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