‘Different than a mural fest:’ soundpedro encourages artists to submit their ideas

FLOOD, the artist cooperative that put on Long Beach SoundWalk in the East Village for a decade with a blend of alternative art and unusual soundscapes while introducing PUMP, Public Urban Multi-Sensory Presentations, to Long Beach in 2017, is now in its fourth year of producing soundpedro with Angels Gate Cultural Center.

This summer, experimental sound installations, performances and object works will dot the center’s campus for an evening—with its multi terrain hilltop to explore outside and collection of classrooms and artists’ studios indoors—giving visitors a chance to experience, for free, “ear-oriented multi-sensory art.”

Artists can apply to participate through six different modes of presentation: indoor installations or performances, outdoor installations or performances, roaming, silent videos (“earmaginations”) or audio for the parking shuttle. Visit soundpedro.org/participate for specifics on how to submit; the deadline is Feb. 14. Soundpedro will take place Saturday, June 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In an interview with FLOOD, AGCC Executive Director Amy Eriksen said the campus’ landscape really lends itself to installations, “with so many acres of space and nothing flat, each sound installation could have its own distinct space in and out of our buildings with margins for surprise.”

Eriksen noted the center strives to promote and support arts that are out of the ordinary while serving as an advocate for artists of all genres.

“This community is eager for art that is different than a mural fest or gallery show,” said Eriksen. “Soundpedro brings something new to the area and the harbor region has brought new artists and fans to sound art.”

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.