“Sea Shell Green,” by Kimberly Kim

“Sea Shell Green,” by Kimberly Kim

  • Source: Kimberly Kim
  • Year: 2014
  • Submitted by: Justin Dixon


“Sea Shell Green” was created by musician Kimberly Kim as part of Grand Rounds, a project by Elana Mann in Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles. Grand Rounds was a participatory public artwork incorporating acoustic sculptures and public conversations in Grand Park. On four separate occasions Elana Mann and artist/court administrator Camilo Cruz invited groups of ten participants to gather in Grand Park for informal dialogues. The group was composed of individuals who work for Los Angeles city, county, and court system as well as non-profit organizations. Drop-in audience members were also encouraged to join, listen, and participate. This process allowed the group to investigate the many different voices, ears, and roles both public officials and citizens utilize to invigorate communities in Los Angeles. Afterwards, Mann created acoustic sculptures and collaborated with Kimberly Kim to produce sound artworks inspired by the conversations of the previous month. These sculptures and sound works were then installed in Grand Park for one month. Grand Rounds was produced as part of the Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park, commissioned by the Music Center.

Resonate-Reverberate-Roar (Re-Re-Roar) is a growing archive of original sounds that express an experimental, independent, and socially progressive spirit.  The sounds on Re-Re-Roar include field recordings, interviews, songs, speeches, experimental music, and more. Re-Re-Roar is a site for activ[ist] listening, with the purpose of distributing sounds of resistance to eager ears around the globe. Visitors are encouraged to add their own sounds of resistance to the archive through the website's submit function.

Re-Re-Roar originated from artist Elana Mann’s collection of sounds of resistance, which she began during the Iraq war in 2007 by recording commuters in Los Angeles and Iraq. The website was incubated during Mann's time as the 2013 Amy M. Sears artist-in-resident at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, amongst a group of peace activists from the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet & Consociates. Re-Re-Roar was designed by Roman Jaster and Nicole Jaffe, with production assistance from Reilo Dahl. For more about Elana Mann visit: elanamann.com