Old Town Soundscapes: A Sound Art Installation, 9/19/17

Photo of the Maletis Family c. 1939. Left to right: Helen Maletis Lampus, Peter Maletis, Chris Maletis, James Maletis (father), and Mary Maletis. Courtesy of Mary Maletis.

Old Town has been many things to many people over the years…including home.

Created by the Old Town History Project’s Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, recorded and mixed by Larry Johnson, and produced in association with Charles Morrow Sound for Innovative Housing, Inc., the Soundscape series is aural theatre. Layered combinations of voice, music, story fragments, ambient and recorded effects are projected from the facades of four historic Old Town buildings, creating discrete sound envelopes. Those walking by are viscerally swept into the shifting landscapes of Portland’s multicultural past.

The four installations recreate the fabric of the street and of the lives of ethnic workers and residents during periods of great change:

The Legendary Erickson’s Saloon

Japantown Before Pearl Harbor

The Maletis Grocery Store During Wartime

Harry Steinberg’s Workingman’s Shoe Repair Store

The opening festivities are co-hosted by the Oregon Nikkei Endowment, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, the Hellenic-American Cultural Center and Museum, and the Portland Chinatown History Foundation.

Refreshments and walking tours provided.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 5:00–7:00 pm

The Erickson Gallery
9 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209

Funding for this project generously provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust, Prosper Portland, and Central City Concern.