July 10-17, 2014: Baseball Day to Day
Sound artist Chris Kallmyer is inspired by the rhythm of baseball, the mindful practice of playing catch, and the sounds of field maintenance. For his 2014 Open Field residency, he explores baseball on the domestic level—the way it ties generations, its unchanging presence in the American household for more than a century, and the way the game invites play on a warm summer night. Over a period of two weeks, Kallmyer will create a series of baseball-inspired scores that include mobile organ performances, daily groundskeeping of a baseline, and playing catch as a musical pursuit. Join the artist on Open Field for a week of sonic events that tie together baseball and sound.
July 17, 7 pm
Grab your glove and join artist Chris Kallmyer and Twins organist Sue Nelson for a work focused on the sound of people playing catch alongside a baseball stadium organ. Participants are invited to oil their gloves, do some light stretching, and throw around a lemon as warm-up—an homage to Fluxus artist Ken Friedman. Afterwards, have freshly-squeezed lemonade, meet Sue, and take home a well-oiled glove and a copy of Chris’ score for Play Catch, All Together.
*BYO Glove, Balls Provided
Incidental Organ Performances
July 10–17, open duration and location
A series of site-specific works for organ and trumpet will occur in and around the Walker’s campus.
Live Action Groundskeeping
July 8, 9 am–3 pm: creating the line
July 9–17: daily maintenance + play
Kallmyer and a team of assembled artists and baseball enthusiasts will mindfully create and maintain a 40-foot baseline on Open Field. The line will be cared for during the duration of the residency, mowed and chalked daily. The space will serve as a score, accompanied by a pair of gloves and a ball to be used anytime by the public.
About Chris Kallmyer
Chris Kallmyer creates music for everyday things like cheese, oysters, car horns, sheep and lawnmowers, as seen in his performance of the american lawn and ways to cut it in Walker Open Field. His work sits on the fringes of music and contemporary art, often engaging sound through touch, taste, participation, and process. He has presented work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Hammer Museum, the Getty Center, Disney Hall, and other spaces in America and Europe. Chris is an artist that works with Machine Project, is a member of wild Up, and earned his MFA in music from the California Institute of the Arts.