Wall of Song's FEELING GOOD (V.2)
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Since 2019, San Jose State University’s renowned Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change and The Wall of Song Project have been inviting athletes, fans, students and community supporters to sing FEELING GOOD—the song made famous by Nina Simone—as an anthem of solidarity and a call to action for women’s sport and a more equitable, racially just community. At heart a collaborative project, hundreds have already added their voices to our growing, inclusive video chorus.
This ongoing art, film, performance, and sports stadia singing project of FEELING GOOD acknowledges, celebrates, and builds upon the deep legacy of Black athlete activism at SJSU, the birthplace of The Olympic Project for Human Rights. Through it, we explore the ways in which art and collective singing rituals can, despite our social realities, embolden our voices to support women’s athletics and work towards a more inclusive community—particularly for Black and Indigenous women, girls, and non-binary athletes of color, who live at the intersection of racial injustice and gender inequity.
FEELING GOOD launched in February 2020, as part of a San Jose State women’s basketball game halftime sports stadium flash singing event in concert with National Girls & Women in Sports Day in collaboration with a number of campus and community partners. See this highlight reel to learn more about our inaugural event.
Add your voice to the Wall of Song Project.
Credits: Virtual multi-channel video installation (3-D animation, 2021)
Directed and produced by: Mel Day, artist, SJSU Interdisciplinary Art Lecturer, Wall of Song Project co-founder
3-D modeling and video editing: SJSU Digital Media Arts graduate student, Kiki Wu
After effects, sound: Justin Edwards
Soprano soloist: Danielle Marie
Musical arrangement: Dr. Craig McKenzie, SJSU Assistant Professor of Music, Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Athleteic Bands, School of Music & Dance
San José State University’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change
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