GUILD HALL LAUNCHES

FULL OF NOISES
AN EAST HAMPTON SOUND WALK

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Created and Guided by Former

Artist-in-Residence Viv Corringham

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APRIL 24 – OCTOBER 17

Through our walking feet we can listen for traces of previous walkers, for stories from the earth, for echoes of history, and for our own memories. The essence of a place is revealed to the feet that move through it and listen.

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EAST HAMPTON (April 15, 2021) —Guild Hall announced today Full of Noises, a self-guided soundwalk that will lead the public through known spaces with new, heightened, and playful listening. Composed and narrated by sound artist Viv Corringham and produced by Anthony Madonna and Patrick Dawson, Full of Noises was created in celebration of Guild Hall’s 90th anniversary and links together the cultural gifts of Founder Mary Woodhouse – Guild Hall itself, the Duck Pond, and Clinton Academy – with prompts for finding, imagining, and remembering sounds. Participants will be prompted to download Gesso, a free phone app., pop-in a pair of headphones, and listen.

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Full of Noises is free of charge and will be available from April 24 through October 17.

“It is such a treat to be working with Viv Corringham again”, says Anthony Madonna, Guild Hall’s Patti Kenner Senior Associate for Learning and Public Engagement. “As an inaugural Community Artist-in-Residence in 2020, Viv led a series of workshops and performances that challenged us to listen and observe the sounds around us in new ways, and she has done that again with this soundwalk, but this time focusing on the communal centers we know best.”

Madonna continues “When you register for the soundwalk on Guild Hall’s website, you’ll be sent instructions for how to download the Gesso application on your phone. You then simply pop-in some headphones, follow the map on your screen, and a series of listening exercises and prompts will play as you walk. Gesso is a geo-locative app, so there’s no need to press play – as you walk into a hotspot, a recording will automatically turn on! The walk takes about an hour-and-a-half, so wear good walking shoes, and bring a portable charger.” 

Once registered through Guild Hall’s website participants will receive instructions on how to access the soundwalk through Gesso. The walk begins at Guild Hall, leads walkers through the Duck Pond on Davids Lane, and finally to East Hampton Historical Society’s Clinton Academy. It has been noted that playfulness is encouraged.

“I love leading groups on soundwalks and I’m always happy when people are surprised by how many sounds they notice”, says creator Viv Corringham. “As we can’t walk together at the moment, I decided to make a guided walk that people can do by themselves. Walking around a duck pond would usually be about looking, but this walk puts the focus on listening. As I walked through East Hampton recording my suggestions for listening, I found it fascinating to experience the familiar village in an unfamiliar way.”

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Education Programming is supported by The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, Lucy and Steven Cookson, The Hearthland Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, plus funding from the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.

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VIVIENNE CORRINGHAM

Viv Corringham is a British vocalist, composer and soundscape artist who studied and worked with Pauline Oliveros for many years, and holds a Certificate to teach Deep Listening. She facilitates workshops in listening and sounding, most recently in Hong Kong, Mexico, London, Bangalore, New York, Kolkata and Manila.

Her work includes concerts, soundwalks, and audio installations, exploring people’s sense of place and the link with personal history and memory. She received an MA in Sonic Art from Middlesex University London and her awards include two Composer Fellowships from McKnight Foundation, through American Composers Forum. Her work has been presented in twenty-six countries including Hong Kong Arts Centre, Fronoteca Nacional de Mexico, Issue Project Troom New York, Onassis Centre Athens, ICA London, Serralves Museum Portugal, Ohrenhoch Berlin, Arts University Taiwan, Shantou University China, and Tempo Reale Florence. vivcorringham.org

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GUILD HALL, 158 Main Street, East Hampton

Guild Hall, one of the first multidisciplinary centers in the country to combine a museum, theater, and education space under one roof, was established in 1931 as a gathering place for community where an appreciation for the arts would serve to encourage greater civic participation. For nine decades, Guild Hall has embraced this open-minded vision and provided a welcoming environment for the public to engage with art exhibitions, performances, and educational offerings. Art and artists have long been the engine of Guild Hall’s activities and the institution continues to find innovative ways to support creativity in everyone.

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For more information about this and other programs, visit www.guildhall.org.

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