12 PM – 8 PM
Swing, and experience collective music-making in this interactive art installation! The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation is a giant, collective musical instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. Each swing represents one of four instruments—piano, harp, guitar, vibraphone—and triggers sound when participants swing back and forth. As certain melodies emerge through cooperation between players, The Swings fosters a sense of community and ownership of public space.
Created by Daily tous les jours, a Montreal-based design studio with a focus on participation and collective experience, the original 21 Swings new media art installation has attracted millions to the Quartier des spectacles area in Montreal, where each swing is swung an average of 8,500 times daily. A proven track record for encouraging collaborations and sparking conversation between strangers, The Swings bring vibrancy to an empty space by encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to gather and experiment.
The Swings was made possible with generous support from the Counseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).
About Daily tous les jours
Daily tous les jours is an interaction design studio with a focus on participation in public spaces. Their projects re-enchant everyday life and stimulate playful encounters, conversations, and ultimately, ignite in people a sense of what is possible. They craft interactive pieces that connect people to their surroundings, and to each other, using the means of our times.
The studio’s work has won numerous international recognitions including Best in Show at the 2013 Interaction Design Awards and the Grand Prize at the 2014 UNESCO Shenzhen Design Awards. It has been featured in publications such as Frame Magazine, Fast Company, International New Landscape Hong Kong, Scalpel, blogs such as Design Boom, Dezeen, PSFK, This Is Colossal, and Oprah’s OWN channel. For more information on Daily tous les jours, please visit dailytouslesjours.com.
12 AM – 12 AM
Air Pressure is a kinetic sculptural installation created by the Toronto-based artist collective Studio F Minus. Consisting of over 175 animated fabric forms in the shape of birds, the artists have redesigned the installation for the unique public spaces of Brookfield Place. In order to create the naturalistic effect of flying, the wings of each bird move independently in a flapping motion, responding to internal air pressure fluctuations, inflating and deflating by electronic timers switching fans on and off inside each bird. Studio F Minus last worked with Arts Brookfield on Snowfall: Frost, Flurry and Gust at Brookfield Place Toronto.
Studio F Minus creates large-scale artworks based on materials which are ephemeral and elemental, ubiquitous but uncommon as sculpting materials. Air Pressure is a prime example of that material-based practice, taking air as its medium and as inspiration. This installation investigates the material on numerous levels: it gives form to air, suspends that form in air, and also uses that material as a force to animate the sculpture. The artwork makes viewers aware of not just the form of the sculptures, but the negative space around them: the invisible matter everywhere.
Lowdown Hudson Music Fest
5 PM – 12 AM
The Lowdown Hudson Music Fest returns to the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza on the Hudson River July 12 & July 13 headlined by the legendary hip-hop band The Roots and Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers.
Opening the July 12 show is Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas, whose music is inspired by the funky diasporic protest sounds of Fela Kuti and Eddie Palmieri. The Roots formed in 1987 in Philadelphia by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, are known for their jazzy approach to hip-hop. Jimmy Fallon’s house band since 2009, The Roots have released 10 studio albums and two EPs, collaborating with many artists across musical genres, all to critical claim.
On July 13, Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter brings his storytelling acoustics to the Lowdown stage, followed by self-taught multi-instrumentalist and country blues singer-songwriter Valerie June’s mix of folk, bluegrass, gospel, soul, country and blues. Closing out the festival is headliner Drive-By Truckers, the Southern alt-rock band that fuses solid musicianship with lyrics that weave through history, politics and real life stories. DBT has become one of the most respected rock ‘n’ roll acts over the course of their 20 years.
Previous headliners have included B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Taj Mahal, Neko Case, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, O.A.R., and the Robert Cray Band.
Free to attend, no tickets required.
8 PM – 5 PM
The innovative Dance Heginbotham company has created a three-part, site-inspired performance inspired by the luxurious interior of the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, choreographed by John Heginbotham. The performances brings dancers and musicians together onstage, culminating in a dynamic, razor-sharp finale. The dramatic and powerful dances are set to Erno Dohnanyi’s Erno Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C Major for String Trio, solo guitar music by Heitor Vila-Lobos, and Luigi Boccherini’s Quintette No. 4 in G Major, III. Fandango.
ABOUT DANCE HEGINBOTHAM
Founded in 2011, Dance Heginbotham has quickly established itself as one of the most adventurous and exciting new companies on the American contemporary dance scene. The New York-based ensemble has been celebrated for its vibrant athleticism, humor, and theatricality, as well as its commitment to collaboration.
Friday, June 17, 7 – 8 PM
Saturday, June 18, 5 – 6 PM
Sunday, June 19, 5 – 6 PM
Co-commissioned by LMCC and Arts Brookfield, as part of River To River 2016
“The mind of John Heginbotham is a magical place. For the past several years, he’s begun to make his mark with dance works that display an admirable combination of tight formal structure and inventive movement, bolstered by a disarming wit and strangeness…audiences have a chance to enter into Heginbotham’s entertaining universe, and they shouldn’t miss it.” – The New Yorker, May 10, 2012, Andrew Boynton
Choreography: John Heginbotham
Performers: John Eirich, Kristen Foote, Lindsey Jones, Courtney Lopes, Weaver Rhodes, Sarah Stanley and Macy Sullivan
John Heginbotham/Dance Heginbotham is a participant in the Extended Life Dance Development program made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.