The ALOUD program, curated by Louise Steinman, has been particularly bold and interesting recently with a number of conceptual presentations. One that I hope to catch this weekend is titled "Ground Truth: Mapping the Invisible Landscape" -- an aural consideration of that monster Interstate, the 5. Last time I was on the 5 -- Monday afternoon -- it sure sounded good. Unfortunately, I had to keep my eyes on the road, as I was behind the wheel. And, of course, when you swing around the backside of Elysian Park, peering up at the palm-spiked ridgelines high above, the sights do tend to take over. And thoughts do, too. Thoughts of getting home, for one, unpacking the car, lifting the sleeping 4-year-old girl from her car seat, phone calls that need to be made, emails pondered, pets checked on. The 5? The sound and the sight of it is overtaken.
According to program info:
Ground Truth. Mapping the Invisible Landscape. Amy Balkin and Kim Stringfellow with Matt Coolidge, Director, Center for Land Use Interpretation:
Artists Amy Balkin and Kim Stringfellow will present "Invisible 5", an audio mapping of the natural, social, and economic histories along Interstate 5 between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Join us for a virtual road trip through California's Central Valley. Sun, Nov 09, 2 PM