Sounds of Future Past is a site-specific sound performance centered on Ohio’s listed species; wildlife listed as endangered, threatened, species of concern, special interest, extirpated or extinct according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.
Both the voice and the act of listening are political gestures. Who holds the power to be heard and which voices do we listen to today?
During the sound performance the audience was offered, A Field Guide to Ohio Song, a poster acknowledging the creatures whose voices made Sounds of Future Past possible. The poster listed the twenty-two animals common and scientific names, their listed status and their individual sonograms or sound portraits. Sounds of Future Past was performed in a 5,000 square foot warehouse space in Columbus, Ohio. This work lived as the Fourth Act of CODA, a collaborative performance involving fourteen artists.
Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, The Ohio State University
Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, The Ohio State University
Stand Design and Fabrication:
Teri Bailey, Kellie Bornhoft, Michelle Burdine, Betsy Foster, Travis Jarrells, Nick Larsen, Taylor Ross, Gloria Shows, Rose Stark and Matthew Verticchio