Autumn Equinox


The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres

Listen up! Experience 100 Acres of sonic explorations, performances and aural experiments spread throughout The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. For this special audio-themed Equinox, the Park becomes our recording studio, featuring playful harmonies and cacophonous melodies for all ages. Listen to a headphone concert at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion, frolic in a sonic playground led by Minneapolis sound-duo Beatrix*JAR, and hear debut pieces by local artists Stuart Hyatt and Brian McCutcheon. There will be food trucks and other amenities to make it an all day adventure. So bring your friends and family to discover your inner sound artist at the IMA!

Shuttles will be running visitors from the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion to The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres starting at 2:30 pm.

Sun King Brewing Co. is the Official Brewery of this program.

Beatrix*JAR: Sonic Playground

3 – 6 pm with a special performance at 6 pm

YOU are the STAR in Beatrix*JAR! Sing! Play AM radios paired with flash cameras! Activate modified children's toys! DJ with samples and electronic beats! Sound Art Duo Beatrix*JAR take audience participation to a new level with a hands-on audio playground where you create the sounds! Noted for their unique musical performances and non traditional approach to sound art, real life couple Jacob Roske (JAR) and Bianca Pettis (Beatrix), draw their inspiration from the Fluxus Art movement and artists like John Cage and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Beatrix*JAR self-released three albums of note: I Love You Talk Bird (2005), Golden Fuzz (2007) and Art*Star (2010) and are recipients of a 2010 Archibald Bush Fellowship in Media Arts. The duo has been featured at the Hammer Art Museum (LA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Wexner Art Center (Columbus, Ohio) and the American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore).

Check out Bending Circuits with Beatrix*JAR on the IMA Blog.

Brian McCutcheon: Water Mining

Ongoing with special performances at 4:30 and 5:30 pm

Indianapolis artist Brian McCutcheon debuts a new piece titled “Water Mining,” an interactive sculpture built to collect and amplify the underwater sounds of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park lake. Through the sculpture, visitors will experience underwater soundscapes that will be broadcast into the open air. The piece will also feature project collaborators Michael Drews and Jordan Munson performing on a boat - a live musical response to the sculpture broadcasts using amplified water and electronic sounds. The specially outfitted boat will be launched at various intervals during the Autumn Equinox event.

An Indianapolis-based con­cep­tual artist, Brian McCutcheon uses video, pho­tog­ra­phy, and sculp­ture to explore the rela­tion­ships between play and mas­culin­ity. He is the recip­i­ent of a num­ber of artist grants, awards, and res­i­den­cies. Over the past decade, his work has been fea­tured in a wide range of exhi­bi­tions on a national and inter­na­tional scale. McCutcheon is a co- founder and part­ner of Indi­anapo­lis Fab­ri­ca­tions (iFab), a cus­tom fab­ri­ca­tion studio.

Jordan Munson is a sound and video artist whose work explores memory, ephemera, and our relationship to technology. Munson has performed alongside artists such as Matmos and Nico Muhly. He is also a member of electro-acoustic ensemble Big Robot and a Lecturer in Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI.

Michael Drews is a composer, sound artist and computer musician. His work explores the use of computer interactivity to expand traditional ideas of musical performance and creativity. Drews is also a member of the computer-acoustic ensemble, Big Robot and Associate Professor of Music at IUPUI University in Indianapolis. For more information:

Stuart Hyatt: E is for Equinox

5 pm

"E is for Equinox" by Stuart Hyatt

E is for Equinox is a one-time only public sculpture, performance, and sound installation that is both thunderingly powerful and lightly ephemeral. The piece assembles a large group of electric guitar players in the forest underneath the existing sculpture Team Building (Align). At 5 pm, the circle of musicians will begin to gently strum the E major power chord. Over the course of a few minutes, the volume and intensity of the chord will grow until all players have reached maximum volume, transforming the clearing in the woods into a charged sonic volcano. The work has dual roots in both academic - think John Cage compositions and Fluxus events - and popular culture - think Wayne’s World and Spinal Tap. The setting pays tribute to land and environmental art by responding to the existing topography, but leaves nothing behind except the visual and aural memories of the event. It should appeal to both contemporary art aficionados and a general public of all ages.

For information on how to participate in E is for Equinox, click here.

Stuart Hyatt is a Grammy-nominated artist and musician who creates interdisciplinary media projects in the public realm. His work facilitates collaboration with people and places often overlooked by conventional contemporary art practice. Projects follow rigorous conceptual frameworks yet present themselves through simple pop and folk aesthetics.

He is the founder of TEAM Records, an imprint for his collaborative music recordings and performances. He creates site-based work with M12, a collective known for creative projects that explore the aesthetics of rural cultures and landscapes. Hyatt also works independently via commission as Stuart Hyatt Studio, Inc. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two children.

Headphone Hangout

3 - 7 pm

Hang out on hammock listening stations in the forest surrounding the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. Mix alternative soundscapes composed of natural and manmade sounds for others to enjoy.

Sound Making

3 - 7 pm

Signal your presence in 100 Acres and call others to join in the creation of simple wind instruments. Connect with others through sound, forming walkabout bands while wandering the park.

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