Artist Jo SiMalaya Alcampo will introduce us to the Singing Plants – keepers of indigenous knowledges, stories and memory. These banana plants respond to human touch with songs – the Hudhud chant of the Ifugao people – and sounds of bamboo instruments and gongs indigenous to the Philippines.
This interactive installation explores our interconnectedness with the land, the need to protect intangible cultural heritage, and honour ancestor spirits.
Join us for a participatory jam session with singing plants and indigenous instruments. In closing, we will share suman, a steamed glutinous rice cake cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaves.
The Art of Propagation
The Art of Propagation performative speaker series aims to broaden perspectives on art and culture through acts, thinking and projects of cultivation, fermentation and propagation. Talks will take place every second Wednesday of the month at Henderson Brewery until March 2018.
Jo Simalaya Alcampo
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo is an interdisciplinary artist who integrates community storytelling and electroacoustic soundscapes. Jo makes comics with Kwentong Bayan Collective, bridges the Indigenous and Diasporic with Kapwa Collective, and is writing a magical realist play with Cahoots Theatre. Jo has developed technology that allows people to hear plants sing.
Henderson Brewing Co.
128A Sterling Rd
Henderson Brewing company is a locally owned, award winning, neighbourhood brewery in downtown Toronto. Founded in 2014, Henderson is all about celebrating the stories and culture of our city through the beers we brew.