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Cracks in Creeks: Live Streaming

(formerly Salmon Sounds in Motion)

Cracks in Creeks: Live Streaming is a site-specific movement performance, sonic installation, and visual eco-art presentation on the banks of Still Creek, created with Still Moon Arts mentors and youth performers. The inspiration is from the Still Creek Watershed and ecosystem where salmon spawn in urban Still Creek next to roads, train tracks, and big box stores. Inspiration is also drawn from three other artworks about Still Creek and the salmon. These include “What Comes to Light; Stories of Still Creek Lost and Found” (2017), an independently published book about Still Creek; “Still Creek Salmon Sounds” (2018), youth-created soundscapes in partnership with VIVO Media Arts; and “Fruiting Bodies” (2019), a living mushroom sculpture of a human and a salmon in Renfrew Park by Carmen Rosen & Willoughby Arevalo. Participants have co-created choreography while learning holistic ecological concepts and some Indigenous plant knowledge, and are exploring how this intersects with artistic practice.

Cracks in Creeks Crew

Artistic Director: Carmen Rosen

General Manager: Bea Miller

Choreographic Facilitators: Starr Muranko & Isabelle Kirouac

Videographer: Jamarr Hepburn

Performance Troupe: Jenna Berlyn, Red Fawkes, Michelle Heyoka, Tasha Hillman, Devan Pawa-Larsen, Isabelle Russell, Roxanna Wang, Marie Whimbey.

Crack in Creeks Upcoming Performances

Public performances will take place on the following dates:

Vines Art Festival Performance
August 11th, 5:00-6:30pm at Renfrew Park. FREE.

17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival (Finale)
September 14th, at Renfrew Park

Cracks in Creeks Showcase Performance
September 22nd, 6:00-7:30pm at the CNH Annex,  $5-20 sliding scale, NOTAFLOF

Adapted for indoor performance.

Background 

In 2018, SMAS and VIVO Media Arts co-produced a mentorship project, ​Still Creek Salmon Sounds, to create a sound-based installation artwork exploring the salmon spawning season in a Still Creek. Participating youth artists wove together environmental sound recordings with a series of photographs taken on location in the creek. They also learned to sonify data about the creek’s rehabilitation, as a way of listening for patterns otherwise hidden to the eye. They then used these to create an audio-visual installation artwork, exhibited at VIVO (link: http://www.vivomediaarts.com/programming/mentorship/still-creek-salmon-sounds)

The artists involved in the mentorship gave ecstatic feedback about what they learned and experienced during this undertaking. Given this and the highly engaged response of the audience, we decided to create Salmon Sounds in Motion in 2019, a phase 2 that would develop movement and visual art elements inspired by the soundscapes. We took the work back outside next to Still Creek. Renamed by participating youth as Cracks in Creeks: Live Streaming, we developed visual and movement elements to compliment the sonic work, working with choreographers, movement artists, and visual eco-artists to create costumes and set design elements..

We respectfully acknowledge that our programs and initiatives take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, who have been stewarding this land since time immemorial. We strive for right relations with the diverse peoples of Renfrew-Collingwood and the land and waters of the Still Creek Watershed.