The distance makes us feel closer. at Magdalena Ridge Observatory, Socorro
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The distance makes us feel closer.

Friday Oct 18, 2013

101 East Road
Socorro, NM 87801




Phone: (575) 835 - 6431
Website: Click to Visit

LA artist Chris Kallmyer brings his installation to the observatory. Followed by conversation and stargazing.

See also: Culture Shock

You are closer and closer

Chris Kallmyer prepares for This distance makes us feel closer.
Michael Bisbee

On Friday, muster up some warm clothes, water, sturdy shoes and a blanket. Get in your 4-wheel-drive vehicle and pick up your friends. From Albuquerque, head south on I-25 for about an hour until you reach the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO), perched 10,600 feet up in the Magdalena Mountains in Socorro County and situated to view far-flung celestial objects near the horizon, like asteroids. At 6pm—dusk—gather with the others. Sip hot tea and wait. Feel the air on your face. Gaze at the Very Large Array, at the slopes fading into the distance, at the clear darkening sky. Listen. Across the wide spaces, tones will begin to resound. This distance makes us feel closer. is an immersive work of sound sculpture by LA artist Chris Kallmyer, performed by custom-built instruments installed in the high desert landscape. The performance will last from 6 to 7pm on Oct. 18, followed by a tour of the MRO interferometer facility, then conversation and stargazing until midnight. To attend, RSVP at Also get directions and read up on what else to bring. Free.

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