Here Song is an interactive app for your mobile device created by artists Cannupa Hanska Luger & Ginger Dunnill. Using this application connects the user to place through unique coding which encourages users to scan the world around them and create a one of a kind sound composition to map the land. The practice of studying horizon-lines from which to create sonic experience and melody is a technology developed by Luger’s ancestors, the people of the Northern Plains tribes of North America. In developing this project Luger and Dunnill will invite a selection of leading Indigenous composers and musicians to create sounds which will be used in the application, allowing the user to engage with the artist’s work while weaving new sonic stories that engage directly with the land.
Luger has been part of our Flux Exchange since 2018, and this work is developed through that program.
The app is free to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
The songs shared by fellow users can be viewed on the Here Song website.
Here Song joins STTLMNT: An Indigenous Digital World Wide Occupation. Conceived as a month-long Indigenous led encampment in Central Park, Plymouth, UK, Settlement was to take place summer of 2020 within the context of the Mayflower 400 commemoration events. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic STTLMNT was reimagined as an innovative year-long Indigenous Digital Occupation. Presented for one year, this new work invites global audiences to have meaningful interaction with the Indigenous people of North America and the Pacific. More here>
About the Artist
Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico-based, multi-disciplinary artist. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, fiber, steel, video, sound, and repurposed materials, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st century Indigeneity. Using social collaboration and in response to timely and site-specific issues, Luger produces multi-pronged projects which oftentimes present a call to action, provoking diverse publics to engage with Indigenous peoples and values apart from the lens of colonial social structuring.
Luger is a 2020 Creative Capital Fellow, a 2020 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, the recipient the 2020 A Blade Of Grass Artist Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, and the recipient of the Center For Crafts inaugural Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship for 2020. He is the recipient of a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants, a 2019 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Honoree, and the recipient of the Museum of Arts and Design’s 2018 inaugural Burke Prize. Luger has exhibited internationally and participated in residencies and large scale projects around the globe. Luger holds a BFA in studio arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Ginger Dunnill is a multi-disciplinary artist, project producer, and community organizer who collaborates with artists to inspire human connection, intersectionality, and restorative justice. Dunnill has organized numerous exhibitions, social engagement projects, and cultural programs around the world, including Broken Boxes Podcast, a platform which amplifies TQBIPOC+ artists’ voices. Her collaborative works have been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, All My Relations Gallery, Cooley Art Gallery, and at Saatchi Gallery, among others. Originally from the island of Maui, Dunnill holds a BFA in Theater Arts from San Francisco State University.
Funding for this program is provided in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners through Fulton County Arts & Culture’s Virtual Arts Initiative, which was created to support the creative community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this initiative FCAC offered operational support to enhance the arts sector’s ability to present virtual arts programs and creative engagement opportunities for Fulton County residents and visitors.