Seeing with Sound: AVIA and Jack Straw Accessible Youth Art Workshops
Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison: Mikawa
In December 2017, Jack Straw and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA) presented an accessible art workshop at Jack Straw in conjunction with the installation Mikawa by composer Garrett Fisher and visual artist Tori Ellison. The installation incorporated gently moving fiber-optic and fabric panels, backlit superimposed photographs, and sound from composer Garrett Fisher's opera The Iris. The piece takes inspiration from a poem in the ancient Japanese epic Tales of Ise, wherein a poet travels to the watery province to meditate on longing, beauty, and the ephemeral.
After the workshop participants had had a chance to experience the installation, Tori helped the group explore translucency and light, cutting and layering colored acrylic sheets and sheer fabrics into collage elements, to be placed in windows or hung as mobiles. The work was then hung in the gallery as part of the installation.
Next, the participants created a sound collage using their voices and sounds they created in the studio. The text they used was a short poem by Jesse Minkert, inspired by Mikawa.