walking chimes: corktown to rosedale (2012)

Performance for video
7 min 11 sec

Photos and sound collected during commute
from 52 St. Lawrence Street to Rosedale Station in Toronto,
while wearing walking randoseru (2012) sculpture

I created the walking randoseru, a wearable sounding object that could offer the subtle sounds of wind chimes as it traveled from site to site, country to country. The sounding object was created from a used, re-purposed randoseru (randoseru = a Japanese elementary school backpack) in which I installed a set of iron wind chimes that move with one’s body. By creating a traveling wind chime backpack, my hope is that the uplifting sounds of chimes, generated by the rhythm of walking and the wind, will be a welcome reminder and aural contribution to the good energy and flow that exist in the neighbourhoods and sites visited during field trip outings for The Field Trip Project, for which this artwork was commissioned. The journey is occasionally documented in a recording while the backpack is in motion, capturing the energetic sounds of the many people and neighbourhoods that are visited over the course of the project.

I took my Field Trip Project randoseru on its first field trip outing around Toronto, Canada.

The document of this sound performance exists as field recordings and a blur of visuals from the delivery trip, as I made my way to meet Daisuke Takeya (curator/artist), to hand him my re-outfitted randoseru for the Field Trip Project, an ongoing experimental and nomadic exhibition that continues its travels around areas of Japan and that will return to Canada sometime in 2013.

See also walking randoseru (2012)