Festival + Symposium Blog
ISEA2006 Symposium
ZeroOne San Jose Festival
Workshops + Tours
Press Center
Contact Us
ZeroOne San Jose / ISEA2006 themes
The city’s magnetic rhythm PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michela Pilo   
Jun 28, 2006 at 03:33 PM
The Container Culture exhibition container from Vancouver, In[]ex will be on exhibit at Earth: The World Urban Festival in Vancouver, June 21-25.

The city’s magnetic rhythm
By robin laurence
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2006

A metal shipping container sits in an abandoned industrial site. Inside the container, which is empty and cloaked with quilted fabric, unseen speakers immerse the visitor in the sounds of our thronging metropolis, our Pacific Rim city. There’s the booming, screeching, clanking, and shunting of a busy railway yard; the walkie-talkie shouts of port workers directing cargo; the clamour of traffic, the saxophonic threads of stories and conversations, and the calls of a Chinatown vendor. Also entwined in the urban soundscape is a shifting symphony of electronic bells and chimes—eerie and celebratory.

“IN[ ]EX is an audio sculpture that engages the public with the rhythms of urbanity,” says Laurie Long. She is part of a team of local electronic, media, and community-based artists, which also includes Kate Armstrong, Bobbi Kozinuk, M. Simon Levin, Leonard Paul, Manuel Piña, and Jean Routhier. Long, Levin, and Routhier are conducting a preview of their participatory work. They’re talking about our individual and collective actions, movements, and possessions, and how these play into the global economy.

“We’re creating a representational system that is looking at data as rhythms,” Levin says. The daily movements of people, goods, and information, including car traffic, marketing trends, and phone usage, generate their own musiclike notes and beats, he explains. He cites French cultural theorist Henri Lefebvre, who addresses rhythm analysis and public space. “He talks about both the organic rhythms of nature and of ourselves, but also about the linear rhythms of the things we produce and manufacture.”
Last Updated ( Jun 28, 2006 at 03:37 PM )
<Previous   Next>