ABOUT WALL OF SONG
First launched on Inauguration Day in 2017, Wall of Song Project is a collaborative art and civic singing platform designed to build a growing, inclusive video chorus and collective singing ritual—a wall of song—through a generative cycle of participatory video installations, sport stadia performances and live/virtual public civic singing events.
Wall of Song’s first project, co-founded by artists Mel Day and Michael Namkung, gathered hundreds of voices together online in a massed singing of Leonard Cohen’s ‘HALLELUJAH’ (Inauguration Day, 2017) and traveled widely, from Washington, D.C. to Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Wall of Song’s current project—a collective singing of Nina Simone’s ‘FEELING GOOD’ (2019-)—explores the expressive possibilities of art, song, and sport for womxn’s athletics and a more equitable, racially just community with The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society & Social Change in collaboration with a number of affinity partners and participants.
ABOUT FEELING GOOD
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 Nina Simone’s FEELING GOOD 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 on 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.
Originally co-founded by artists Mel Day and Michael Namkung, Wall of Song Project began as a participatory, evolving video installation and live singing event that invited people—no matter their ability to carry a tune—to record themselves singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Hundreds of participants’ faces were layered together into a growing democratic chorus and video installation—such that no one voice or face stood out. In this time of great unknowing and uncertainty, this was a different kind of wall that brought us together.
The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change and The Wall of Song Project invite you to sing Nina Simone’s FEELING GOOD as a call-to-action, an anthem of solidarity for women’s athletics and a more equitable, racially just community.