Program Dates: July 1 - 12: Sound Art with Seb Choe *There will be no class Friday, July 5, 2024

Age: Open to Ages 13-16

Registration will close on Monday, June 24 at midnight.

ʻO ka makamae a mālama ʻia
The Precious and Protected

Imagine you are a great winged creature soaring above our island of Hawaiʻi, of lands untouched by humans. Stretches of barren lava, dark oceans of aʻa and pahoehoe for as far as the eyes can see. In the distance, islands of ancient forests emerge as olivine gems, an oasis, a kipuka.

Kipuka Soundscapes : In this 9-day digital sound art session with artist Seb Choe, students will explore kipuka through the lens of our environment. What does a kipuka sound like to you? A cavernous soundscape of bird calls punctuated by the distorted dread of incoming lava? A softly whispered poem, pierced by a howling breeze and the twinkling of seeds? 

Students will answer this question through intentional group activity, individual reflection, and hands-on experimentation with a diverse set of sound art tools: audio effects, field recordings, found samples, virtual instruments, recorded vocals, and more. Final projects will be a 2-3 minute audio collage or song geared towards meeting student-defined goals of storytelling and/or emotional abstraction. Students will work on Macbooks installed with Ableton Live, a professional-grade digital audio workstation. Traditional music experience is not necessary, but please let us know if you would like to bring an instrument. This experience will culminate in a student share out and discussion with other age groups in the Summer Art Experience program.

Summer 2024 Teen Sessions
*Registration for each session listed is available through the links below. 

About the Teaching Artist
Seb Choe
(They / Them) is a youth educator, community organizer, and musician based in Hawaiʻi and New York. Seb has led creative youth education programs across the country, often alongside teens with marginalized identities. In Hawaiʻi, Seb has worked with the Donkey Mill Art Center, East Hawai’i Cultural Center, The KōLab, and Hawaii-Fi. Elsewhere, they have taught with Carolina Youth Action Project, Harbor Camps, Kids on Point, Old Firehouse Teen Center, Rave Salon, and the Rikers Education Program. Seb’s creative practice spans music, film, and writing, and has been featured in The New York Times, 99% Invisible, PIN-UP Magazine, and the 2021 Venice Biennale. Choe holds a B.A in Architecture from Columbia University.

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