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exTANt is an interactive sound installation exploring the environmental and cultural history of the Santa Cruz Tannery. exTANt traces historical linkages between communities who lived and worked in the area throughout the centuries: local Indigenous peoples, former Tannery workers, and the Tannery Art Center live/work artists. Through oral history interviews, archival materials, and poetic soundscapes, exTANt considers the impacts the site has had on the workers, residents, and environment.
The project is a locative sound installation accessible via a mobile phone application. It functions like an audio tour. Participants download the app and as they move through the Tannery campus, their GPS coordinates trigger sound pieces associated with specific locations.
exTANt is a collaboration between archivist Kathleen Aston and artist Yulia Gilich. Aston is the Collections Manager at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. She holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, with professional experience in natural history collections, public libraries, community archives, and oral history projects. Yulia Gilich is a media artist, theorist, and community organizer. They received their MFA in Media Arts Production from the State University of New York at Buffalo and PhD in film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz.
exTANt is supported by The Tannery Arts center, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, and Santa Cruz History Forum.