Symphony for Absent Wildlife

Organised by Professor Lucy Orta, UAL Chair of Art in the Environment, the live-performance Symphony for Absent Wildlife, was commissioned by the Nuit Blanche Calgary on September 20, 2014. The performance will become an integral part of a major film, which will be concluded at The Banff Centre, in February 2015.

Through Symphony for Absent Wildlife, Lucy Orta questions art’s critical force in recounting and addressing the emergencies of contemporary living such as deforestation, climate change and extinction of species. The performance presents a poetic response to disappearing natural environments, the sounds and the diversity of its fauna.

Research included location visits to the Alberta region of Canada, archival research at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and discussions with the local inhabitants, staff and students from Alberta College of Art and Design.

The process was complemented by a six month workshop with the graduate community at the University of the Arts London, and included participations from PhD students and MA Sound Arts, Design for Performance, Narrative Environments, Fine Art, Fashion, Film, and Textiles.