Arts Commons Presents
The +15 Sounscape
Chandra Melting Tallow
Location: +15 Hallway (Near Alberta Theatre Projects and Theatre Calgary offices in Arts Commons)
Arts Commons Presents is proud to announce River Alms, an experimental pop soundscape inspired by both the living and spirit world of Blackfoot culture and Siksika Nation, composed by Chandra Melting Tallow who is also the creator of Mourning Coup, her highly anticipated debut album this past summer.
Date: January 4 – April 28, 2017
Artist Reception: Happenings #7 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on February 27 from 6-9pm
River Alms is an emotionally charged and haunting soundscape that mixes the sounds and traditions of Chandra’s past with a new futuristic aesthetic. It is other worldly and completely costuming to seek and comment upon a new identity of being empowered from a marginalized past. Tallow work seeks to “demonstrate the influence of ancestors and the spirit world have in the day to day which is inherent to my worldview as a Blackfoot person.”
“Through the existential lens of the ethereal I address matters of marginalization, intergenerational trauma, colonization, and the way these manifest in the body and cognition,” says Melting Tallow.
Chandra Melting Tallow is Vancouver based a multi-disciplinary artist and musician of Blackfoot and mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. She works primarily in sound, installation and performance. Her work has been exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver and Istanbul. Chandra Melting Tallow also performers in the highly acclaimed experimental musical project called Mourning Coup. Her debut album “Baby Blue,” an emotionally-charged piece developed through the processing of the effects of inter-generational trauma in a world of fantasy and ethereality.
The Arts Commons +15 Soundscape is a unique multichannel sound system that provides sound art opportunities to local and national sound artists, which is available for passersby to freely experience. Arts Commons has curated the 16-17 season of the +15 Soundscape program to showcase 3 new soundscapes created by aboriginal identified artists.