About the Project
Performed on June 12, 2021 at
Carbondale Community Arts
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. Adaptive Response is a part of Viral Silence: Community Portraits in Response to Covid-19, a statewide series by NON:op Open Opera Works.
Due to inclement weather, Adaptive Response was performed inside Carbondale Community Arts, instead of in the parking lot as planned. The performance was broadcast to radio receivers in the gallery as well as the parking lot.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suffered great loss and have also experienced change on a scale and pace that we have seldom seen or heard. We have created this piece over the course of 9 months, and after prolonged isolation, we find ourselves suddenly reintegrating with friends and family and standing on the edge of change once again, adapting and responding.
—Jay Needham and Honna Veerkamp
June 12, 2021
About the Artists
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.