Music for Natural History a collaboration of Tina Pearson and Paul Walde is featured in an audio program entitled the Touch of Sound curated by renown sound art Hildegard Westerkamp for the Helicotrema Festival in Venice Italy. The concert event takes place at Teatro di Palazzo Grassi on November 20th at 9:30pm. The program features the works of Peter Cusack, Aki Pasoulas, David Dunn, Andrew Skeoch, Katerina Tzadaki, David Monacchi, Annea Lockwood, and Westerkamp herself.
Requiem for a Glacier will be featured in the exhibition Records and Wireframes at Dundee Contemporary Arts as part of the NEoN Festival of Digital Media in Dundee Scotland. Records and Wireframes presents moving image works by artists Paul Dolan (UK) and Paul Walde (Canada) alongside skeletal remains of the extinct Tasmanian Tiger, on loan from the collection of the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum. Curated for NEoN by artist Kelly Richardson to accompany her exhibition at DCA, The Weather Makers, Records and Wireframes explores themes around climate change and screen culture with allusions to the past, present and future. The exhibition opens Thursday November 9th at 5pm and runs until until November 19th.
On the morning of July 8th, Paul Walde swam the 3km length of Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Canadian painter Tom Thomson. The swim was accompanied by a brass band with a mandolin soloist performing a new long form music composition by Walde , three synchronized swimming routines a various points along the route, and a flotilla of canoes carrying the band. An audio video installation version of the piece created in part from documentation of the event will be available for exhibition in 2018.
Coverage of the swim by Murray Whyte of the Toronto Star can be seen here
Paul Walde will be travelling to Ontario in late June to begin rehearsals for the Tom Thomson Centennial Swim. Currently in pre-production the TTCS is a site specific performance work in which Paul Walde will attempt to swim the length of Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on the 100th anniversary of Canadian painter Tom Thomson’s death. Walde will be accompanied by a synchronized swimming squad, performing a choreographed routine at several locations along the swim route; a brass ensemble performing a new composition written by Walde; and a flotilla of canoes who will transport the musicians.