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ABOUT


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ABOUT


THE WONDER SOUND IS A WORLD WITHIN A WORLD...

LITERALLY SPEAKING, IT'S A 30-ISH ROOM IMMERSIVE INSTALLATION COMPLETE WITH AN EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDSCAPE, A FEATURE FILM, AND AN UPCOMING BOOK (FIELD GUIDE)...

POETICALLY SPEAKING, IT'S THE SINGLE SOUND THAT CREATED EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE, IT'S A FICTIONAL PLACE & CULTURE, A WRITTEN & SPOKEN LANGUAGE (CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PROJECT), AND A PROCESS OF EXPLORATION. 

 

INITIALLY DREAMED UP AS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE NEW CHILDREN'S MUSEUM (NCM), ARTIST WES SAM-BRUCE, AND SIX COMMUNITY CENTERS FROM AROUND SAN DIEGO, THE TWO YEAR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROJECT CONSISTED OF 12 INNOVATIVE ART MAKING WORKSHOPS AROUND THE CITY, TWO HUGE CELEBRATION DAYS CALLED MASS CREATIVITY DAY(S) AT NCM, AND A CULMINATING LARGE SCALE INSTALLATION (OPENED JUNE 2017) THAT IS PART TREE HOUSE, PART VILLAGE, PART UNDISCOVERED WORLD. COMPLETE WITH A 20 FOOT TALL ROOM FULL OF SPIDER WEBS YOU CAN CLIMB, A HIDDEN CAVERN SYSTEM, A FICTIONAL MYTHOLOGY, AND A LANGUAGE YOU CAN LEARN TO READ WRITE AND SPEAK, THE PROJECT LEARNED FROM THE LIVED STORIES, VIRTUES, AND SHARED CREATIVITY OF OUR COMMUNITY CENTER PARTNERS AND CITY. BY THE TIME THE WORKSHOPS, MASS CREATIVITY DAYS, AND THE INSTALLATION WERE OPEN, THE PROJECT HAD COLLECTED THOUSANDS OF COLLABORATORS SPANNING WIDE AGES, GENDERS, AND DEMOGRAPHICS. EXPANSIVE, SOULFUL, AND WILDLY CREATIVE, THE WONDER SOUND IS A LIVING AND UNFOLDING WORLD THAT EMPOWERS PLAY IN ADULTS AND CHILDREN, AND ENCOURAGES THE GROWTH OF CHARACTER, CONNECTEDNESS, AND CULTURAL EMPATHY.

SINCE THOSE ORIGINS, THE WONDER SOUND HAS ALSO BLOOMED INTO A FEATURE FILM, AND AN UPCOMING BOOK.  BOTH THE THE FILM AND BOOK ARE SET TO BE RELEASED in 2017.

THE MAIN COLLABORATORS

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MUSEUM : THE NEW CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

THE NEW CHILDREN'S MUSEUM IS A NEW MODEL OF CHILDREN'S MUSEUM wHOSE MISSION IS TO STIMULATE IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY, AND CRITICAL THINKING IN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES THROUGH INVENTIVE AND ENGAGING EXPERIENCES WITH CONTEMPORARY ART.

THE NEW CHILDREN'S MUSEUM EMPOWERS CHILDREN TO THINK, PLAY AND CREATE THROUGH PARTICIPATORY EXHIBITIONS, ENGAGING ART-MAKING ACTIVITIES, CAPTIVATING ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES, AND IN-DEPTH EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.  SERVING ALL AGES, FROM TODDLER TO TEEN, THE MUSEUM BRINGS FAMILIES TOGETHER IN A RICH EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT THAT FOSTERS CREATIVITY - BLENDING ENVIRONMENTS OF ART MUSEUM AND CHILDREN'S MUSEUM.

ARTIST : WES SAM-BRUCE

WES' WORK RANGES FROM VAST VILLAGE-LIKE INSTALLATIONS AND POETICALLY CHARGED 2D AND 2.5D WORK IN MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES, TO THE SMALL ACT OF MAKING A POEM OR PHOTO ALONE AT THE RIVER. HIS WORK INVESTIGATES THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, MYSTERY, CONNECTIONS TO LANGUAGE, LANDSCAPE & PLACE, THE UNFATHOMABLE DEPTH OF OUR OWN INNER-LIVES, LIVING METAPHORS, AND THE THREADED-NESS OF ONE THING TO EVERYTHING ELSE.  HIS WORK HAS MANY MEDIUMS; THE IDEAS TAKING THEIR FINAL FORMS TO FILL IN THE OPEN SPACE OF A GALLERY WALL, INSTALLATION, OR POEM - LIKE WATER SEEKING ITS LEVEL.

FILMMAKER : BRYAN BANGERTER

BRYAN'S DOCUMENTARY STYLE HAS BEEN LARGELY IMPRESSIONISTIC.  DEPICTING HUMAN EXPERIENCE FROM HIS VANTAGE POINT WITHOUT STEPPING ON THE NATURAL PACE OF THINGS.  A BALANCE BETWEEN FEELING AND INTELLECT - TO LET THE CHIPS FALL AS THEY MAY AND FIND THE THREADS THAT ARE BEST SUITED TO REFLECT TRUTH.  IF IT'S AN ABUNDANCE OF CREATIVE MOSAICS IT WILL BE A PATIENT DEPICTION OF SAID CREATIVE MOSAICS.  IF A SCENERY IS FLICKERING IN SOME WAY, HE WILL LET IT FLICKER SO YOU MAY COME TO KNOW IT'S TRUE PACE.  "I AVOID INTERRUPTING PEOPLE AND GETTING IN THE WAY... MAYBE THAT'S WHY YOU DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.  OR MAYBE THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS." 

COMPOSER / MUSICIAN : JOEL P WEST

JOEP P WEST IS A SONGWRITER AND COMPOSER WHOSE WORK DRAWS ON THE WILDERNESS AND OPEN SPACES OF NORTH AMERICA.  HE LOVES THE WAY THAT RECORDED MUSIC CAN SERVE AS A COMPANION TO MOMENTS AND SEASONS, AND CREATES WORK INTENDED TO COMPLIMENT VISUALS AND EXPERIENCES WHETHER THEY BE FILMS, ROAD TRIPS, ART INSTALLATIONS, OR QUIET WALKS ALONE.

COMMUNITY CENTER PARTNERS :

THE COMMUNITY CENTER PARTNERS ARE DEEP-HEARTED AND DEDICATED TO COLLABORATING WITH THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS AND CITY.  THEY WORK CLOSELY WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO PROVIDE NECESSARY SUPPORT, CONNECTIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES.  THEY'RE NECESSARY HUBS FOR VIBRANT GROWTH, FUN, SOCIAL CHANGE, EDUCATION, AND JUSTICE.  THEY ARE MADE UP OF REAL PEOPLE, FROM DYNAMIC AND DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS WORKING TOGETHER FOR COMMONS GOALS.   

SAN YSIDRO COMMUNITY CENTER (CASA FAMILIAR)

SOUTHERN SUDANESE COMMUNITY CENTER

SAN DIEGO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER

SHERMAN HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER (HISTORIC BARRIO DISTRICT) 

SOUTH BAY COMMUNITY SERVICES

THE MUSEUM SCHOOL