June 2016 – Solstice 2016 – upcoming worldwide online event (21st)

20 Jun

Solstice 2016 - solar image

Some news on a huge online event tomorrow… too big to capture in a single blogpost, but here’s an introduction and a way in…

“All over the world on the day the sun stands still, people are enjoying and sharing an age-old tradition. Join in and get connected!

“Solstice celebrations have existed for as long as people have been looking at the sun. Especially for indigenous peoples whose habitats were closely tied to the cycle of the sun and earth, the solstice was a marked point in the year. Whether celebrating the day the sun never sets, or celebrating the rebirth of sunlight after the darkest period of the year, humans have observed the seasonal milestones and created spiritual and cultural traditions reflecting the diversity of the sounds of the earth.

Solstice 2016 - Phil Dadson

“For over a decade Charlie Morrow and his friends, veterans as well as newcomers to the avant-garde music and poetry scene, have travelled the world over to produce, record and participate in Solstice events and celebrations. From their combined experience came the idea to bring this multitude of events and performances home to anybody who would like to learn more about it or follow it live on ‘the day of’. This is a huge technological and organizational challenge that has never been done before, bringing together a large number of people around the globe in an exciting multilevel, multi-stream production.

“On June 21st, 2016, Solstice 2016 will connect science, art, design, and technology in a global celebration across all twenty-four timezones. The multi-stream twenty-four-hour event begins during Happy Hour (5:00pm – 6:00pm), starting at the International Date Line. Using the latest communication technology, we will follow the solstice moment and ‘feeling’ around the globe and capture all kinds of people’s experiences.

Moving west and broadcasting one hour per each of the twenty-four time zones, we follow the Earth spinning, ‘handing over’ the solstice moment to each following time zone at 5.00 pm. In addition, moving north and south within each time zone, different climate regions with specific geography and cultures are being made visual and brought into focus: from the Arctic where the sun never sets, to the Antarctic where there will be total darkness. We keep moving west, one hour per zone, until we come back to the International Dateline at ‘the end of the day’ or twenty-four hours later.

Solstice 2016 - Jerome Rothenberg

“The stream features art, music, and poetry from each timezone, sounds and videos of the earth from NOAA, indigenous and international poetry curated by Jerome Rothenberg and Bob Holman, music from twenty-four time zones curated by RIP and Adrian Hayman with Marc Nasdor and much more.

“Solstice 2016 shows the myriad and invisibly powerful ways that design pulls the strings of our world through gestures, languages, sounds, music, tools, art and even whole societies. The Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian Institute contributed their own unique collection of materials from their archives and current research from the Arctic and Subarctic, and video from the Museum of the American Indian. There will be a beautiful mix of materials showcasing endangered languages, astronomy, poetry, literature … Aztec sun gods, Southwestern ‘sun daggers’ and much else (some never seen or heard before). Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Solar Lab provides high intensity sun streaming from fourteen satellites.

Solstice 2016 - Chartwell Dutiro

“Viewers around the world will be able to catch the 24-hour feed throughout the Solstice period from the homepage via their smart phones, tablets or laptops, or attend one of the intimate live Solstice Pilot Launch parties to connect with an international community of Solstice enthusiasts. After the event, the Solstice 2016 website will feature highlights of the program and an interactively searchable database with contributions from our participants. It will be an assembly of unique world music and historical solstice materials for each time-zone as well as poetry, stories and event listings.

“This platform gives a live counter point to the additional artistic and science events and programs that are happening in planetariums before and after the Solstice as well. One notably important Solstice 2016 event will be in Warsaw, celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the renaissance mathematician and astronomer Copernicus, an early scientific Solstice hero who taught us that the earth evolves around the sun, and not the other way around.

“We expect that the use of social media will create a viral communication wave that runs around the earth melding comments, dialogue, events, photos, videos, sound recordings and local music to a degree the world has never seen before. The top moments will likely be combined into a beautiful video production, pod-casts and book.

Solstice 2016 - Elliott Randall

“Some of the participants in this event have collaborated before on (Solstice) celebrations and artistic or musical endeavours; others are newly embracing the idea to share their talents and spirit on this special day in this unique way and add to the multitude of sounds and voices. The enthusiasm is overwhelming and promises that this day will be an amazing, deep collaboration about the sun and the earth, its people and its celebrations.

Solstice 2016 - Kohnsay Namawi

“Solstice 2016 is produced by Charles Morrow Productions LLC, which plans, designs and builds projects in MorrowSound® True 3D and other sound design environments. Other partners for Solstice 2016 include: International Planetarium Society, Aalto University Media Lab, Luxury Marketing Council, Helsinki Design Week, Society for Art and Technology (SAT), The TerraMar Project and Ustream.tv.”

Solstice 2016 - Jussi Aalto


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