Halsey Burgund | 9.8.11

Halsey Burgund - Mountain Ghosts (premiere)

Thursday, September 8 - UCCS, GoCA (on campus)

6-8pm opening at GoCA

The VAPA Visual Arts Program is please to announce its sponsorship of Mountain Ghosts a site-specific project by Boston-based artist Halsey Burgund.  All students, staff, faculty and campus guests are invited to participate.

Mountain Ghosts by Halsey Burgund is a sound art piece that infuses the entire UCCS campus with a location-based layer of audio created collectively by the artist and participants.  Building on Burgund's interest in systems, collected voices, and participation, Mountain Ghosts explores sound as fundamental to our experiences of space, place and history. Participants use a custom smartphone app to make audio recordings that the Mountain Ghosts system then codes by location and immediately assimilates into a collective databank for other visitors to access. As participants walk through the UCCS campus listening to location-based music and participant commentary, they can respond to prompts on the Mountain Ghosts interface that invite them to reflect on their surroundings and contribute recordings of their thoughts and experiences.  Participants are, in effect, creating "ghosts" from the past that are permanently attached to specific locations.  For the duration of the project from September 8th to mid-November, 2011, Mountain Ghosts folds individual voices into a collective archive that creatively documents a unique sonic record of actions within the landscape.

You will need a smart phone to participate - soon we'll give you all the details on that. You'll be able to download the free Mountain Ghosts app for your iPhone or Android device. If you don't have a smartphone, don't worry - we have two available that you can check out free of charge.

The opening for this project is September 8th at 6 pm at the Gallery of Contemporary Art on the UCCS campus. Please join us to learn how to participate! For more about Halsey Burgund: www.halseyburgund.com. For more on this project contact Professor Elissa Auther at eauther@uccs.edu.


Halsey Bergund photo

This presentation is sponsored by the VAPA Visual Arts Program