Call for Submissions
Adaptive Response is a project in development as part of Viral Silence: Community Portraits in Response to Covid-19, a statewide series by NON:op Open Opera Works. We invite people with connections to Southern Illinois to contribute stories and reflections of the pandemic. Excerpts of these submissions will be incorporated into a multimedia performance that will take place at Carbondale Community Arts on June 12, 2021.
Please consider sharing poems, written stories, diary entries, or oral histories. You may record yourself (a cell phone is fine) and send your audio or video recording to email@example.com. We also would be happy to interview you via Zoom, if you prefer. Please use that address to contact us. Here are some prompts for self recording. Feel free to use these or your own:
- What has the pandemic meant to you?
- When did your life first change because of the pandemic?
- How has your life changed throughout the year?
- How have you adapted?
- In what ways are you finding hope?
- What changes do you anticipate in this next year?
By submitting to this project, you allow us to use excerpts of your recording for Adaptive Response. Submissions may not be included in their entirety, and we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be included in the performance. We will also, optionally, share the original recordings in an archive on this website. Please indicate if you would like yours to be included.
About the Project
Adaptive Response is a work for micro-FM and live performance that considers the ways we respond to an ever-shifting landscape of risk and adaptation during the pandemic. Drawing from regionally gathered, pre-recorded stories, live music, and audience commentary, artists Jay Needham and Honna Veerkamp live-compose an evolving radiophonic stream. Designed to be performed in community parking lots, Adaptive Response imagines the interiority of the automobile as a new space for socially-distanced listening and isolated civic-engagement. Listeners are invited to tune in locally on their car stereos or join virtually from anywhere in the world.
About the Artists
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.