Open Call For Sound Artworks:::McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival 2011
The curatorial team for the McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival 2011 wishes to open a call for two distinct types of sound work, site specific performance and recorded composition. The theme of the exhibition is “Architectural Explorations in Sound” in response to the pumping station house where the festival will take place and the wealth of acoustic information to be gleaned from the brick, glass and iron within the interior of the space.
The McNeill Street Pumping Station, located near downtown Shreveport on the banks of Cross Bayou, is Shreveport’s original waterworks. The first water plant facilities, including steam-driven pumps, were installed on the site in 1887 as part of the construction of Shreveport’s first municipal water system, which was only the second such municipal system in the entire state.
We are looking for artists and musicians for whom the relationship of sound and space are central to their practice. We are not as much interested in compositions and performances that apply themselves arbitrarily to the space as we are interested in artists whose work is inextricable from the context within which it is performed and/or written. The dialog that we want to engage in deals with the ephemeral within the acts of exploration and meditation upon the spaces that we inhabit and what information sound can give us about those spaces. If you have ever “played a building”, created a microphone array to capture silence in an enclosed space, or live synthesized the sounds of a brick and iron smokestack creaking in the wind we invite you to submit a proposal.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE ::: August 1st, 2011
DATE OF EVENT ::: October 14th, 2011
-In reference to the thematic information above, send the best representative original sound work or segment of an original sound work no longer than 10 minutes in length.
-You may also send us links to sound works or video documentation of performances currently online. Please prepare it for review as above, nothing in excess than 10 minutes will be reviewed for entry.
-Include title, date, and (maximum) 250 word description of the submitted work
-Please send work made within the last two years
-In reference to the thematic information above, send two to three samples of original sound works or segments of original sound works no longer than 8 minutes each.
-Include title, date, and 250 word descriptions of all works
-Please send works made within the last two years
Requested information to include with all proposals:::
-Artist biography (500 words max)
-Artist statement (500 words max)
You may send proposal materials to:::
MSPS Curatorial Team
1810 Market Street
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL COPIES. WE WILL NOT RETURN ANYTHING VIA POST.
Interior view (looking NW) of new pumping room built in 1921 as it appeared in 1980. In the right foreground is #1 low service pump built in 1897 and installed at McNeill in 1898. It was not moved during the construction of this room in 1921. Beyond is the 5mgd Worthington-Snow cross-compound, duplex crank-and-flywheel engine built in 1920. Behind the Worthington is an 8mgd Allis-Chalmers engine of the same configuration. It was built in 1911, but not installed at McNeill until 1927.
View looking north between cylinders of Allis-Chalmers engine showing Corliss valve gear and gauge rack. (Photo by Roy Parish)
The McNeill Street Pumping Station. View looking south at #1 low service engine as it appeared in 1980. It is a Worthington vertical, triple expansion machine installed in 1898 and upgraded with new pump ends in 1911 capable of 5mgd. Retired in the 1960’s.