A Walk in the Park with Phonography Austin

Discover the natural and artistic wonders of Laguna Gloria, one walk at a time!

Walk times: 10A-12P and 1-3P.

A Walk in the Park features monthly guided walks + creative workshop activities to observe and map Laguna Gloria in a variety of ways. Observer-in-Residence Ann Armstrong invited Vanessa Gelvin of Phonography Austin to help lead the second monthly installment.

For the March edition, we will begin by sensitizing our hearing to complete a sonic scavenger hunt designed to prompt deeper listening as we individually explore the grounds of Laguna Gloria. After the walk, we will reconvene to share our experiences, discuss listening strategies, and workshop creative approaches to documenting soundscapes.

We will be making notes of the sounds we hear, so please bring a pen and a hard surface to write against (a clipboard or a book) or use those provided. This is an outdoor program and we will be walking on uneven surfaces, so please dress accordingly!

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Limited capacity.
Phonography Austin is an arts collective dedicated to exploring phonography (the creation and presentation of field recordings as art objects) and acoustic ecology (the study of the effects of the acoustic environment on those living within it).

Vanessa Gelvin is an artist who primarily works with sound, porcelain, and stone. Her years spent making field recordings have evolved into conducting sonic ethnographies, sound installations, and sound art performances. She is a founding member of Phonography Austin and a member of avant-garde chamber ensemble Katie & Rachel.

Ann Armstrong is Observer-in-Residence of the 2021 A Walk in the Park series. She loves sparking curiosity by developing tools and frameworks to connect people with place. She’s been gathering hand-drawn maps of Austin since 2012 and is slowly building an idiosyncratic, hyper-local atlas to the city. She is also a co-founder of the Odditree Society. Along with her place literacy work, she designs and builds tiny houses, paints murals, creates public art, and fabricates sculptures out of wood and steel.