Hear Below 2019NON:op Open Opera Works

HEAR BELOW: Listening to Chicago Underground
A Soundwalk in Chicago’s Pedway System

Aural Neighborhoods: a self

February 2021, Aural Neighborhoods

Friday, February 14, 2020, 12:30–1:30pm
Meet at 112 S. Michigan Avenue, inside the entrance of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MacLean Center between 12:15 and 12:30. At 12:30 we will walk across Monroe Street to the entrance to Grant Park North parking garage where the soundwalk will begin. The soundwalk will conclude with a conversation in the Chicago Architecture Center’s Gand Lecture Hall. The entire soundwalk is wheelchair accessible.

Hear Below: Listening to Chicago Underground will explore Chicago’s Pedway system with our ears. Along the way we will stop and listen to a variety of unique sound environments, try out Alex Braidwood’s Listening Instruments, get a little history, and conclude the soundwalk with a conversation. By experiencing the hustle and bustle of this rather ordinary of conveyances, the Pedway, reveals what urban critic Jane Jacobs calls “the seemingly mysterious and perverse behavior of cities”.

Led by Eric Leonardson, Christophe Preissing, and Alex Braidwood.

Sponsored by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Center.

Presented by NON:op Open Opera Works and the Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology.

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2pm, Saturday, February 9, 2019
Meet in the lobby of One Prudential Plaza, 130 E. Randolph Street. The soundwalk concludes near Starbucks below the Richard J. Daley Center near Clark and Randolph Streets.

Hear Below: Listening to Chicago Underground will explore the east to west route from the lobby of One Prudential Plaza, passing through the South Shore Platform, Millennium Station, the Chicago Cultural Center, Macy’s, the Red Line station, Block 37, the Blue Line Station, and end near Starbucks below the Richard J. Daley Center. We will stop and listen to the unique sound environment of each of these segments of the Pedway, get a little history along the way and conclude with a conversation at the end of the soundwalk.

It is through experiencing the hustle and bustle of this rather ordinary of conveyances, the Pedway, that according to urban critic Jane Jacobs, reveals “the seemingly mysterious and perverse behavior of cities”. That by looking and listening “closely, and with as little previous expectation as is possible, at the most ordinary scenes and events, [we can] attempt to see what they mean and whether any threads of principle emerge among them.”