Wall of Song: Feeling Good
Art and Art History
Wall of Song Project is a collaborative and participatory art and civic singing platform designed to build a growing video chorus and collective singing ritual—a ‘Wall of Song’—through a mutually generative cycle of online singing, gallery installations, sport stadium and cathedral performances, and public events.
Wall of Song’s first project, developed by artists Mel Day and Michael Namkung, launched on Inauguration Day in 2017 simultaneously at San José Institute of Contemporary Art and Washington, D.C. as a growing video installation and live collective singing of Leonard Cohen’s ‘HALLELUJAH’. It traveled widely to include hundreds of live and virtual voices, and a large-scale performance and video installation at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
Day has been developing Wall of Song’s second FEELING GOOD Project, a participatory virtual/live singing of ‘Feeling Good’—the song made famous by Nina Simone—in collaboration with Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society & Social Change, and affinity partners (2019-). and affinity partners since 2019. She continues to explore the expressive possibilities of art, song, and sport for women’s sport, mental and physical well being, and social change efforts in collaboration with affinity partners, fans, athletes, and community supporters.
Mel Day; Akilah Carter-Francique; and Institute for the Study of Sport, Society & Social Change. "Wall of Song: Feeling Good" Faculty Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (2020).
Dates and locations exhibited:
Provident Credit Union Event Center; SJSU, CA; ‘Celebrating Title IX at 50’ Jumbotron video & half-time pop-up singing station; SJSU Women’s Basketball game; in collaboration with Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, & Social Change, affinity partners.
San José Museum of Art and San José Jazz: Online event & participatory; multi-channel virtual video installation with Soprano Soloist Danielle Marie: ”Feeling Good - Celebrating National Girls & Women in Sports Day through a Wall of Song;” Organized with Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, Executive Director, Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change; featuring exclusive interview with Grammy Award-winning R&B Jazz vocalist, Ledisi
SJ Storyboard and San José Jazz; Live outdoor building projection in downtown San José, CA
Provident Credit Union Event Center (2.24.20 launch); San José State University, CA; ”Wall of Song: Feeling Good;" SJSU women’s basketball game in collaboration with Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, & Social Change, and affinity partners.