Monday, June 9, 2008

Playing the Building: An Installation by David Byrne

David Bryne has a sound installation in an old abandoned ferry terminal in New York. If you happen to fly to New York before August 10th, I highly suggest checking out.

Location: 10 South Street, New York, NY (Map)
Dates: May 31st - August 10th 2008
Time: Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Noon - 6pm (FREE)


Playing the building is a sound installation in which the infrastructure, the physical plant of the building, is converted into a giant musical instrument. Devices are attached to the building structure — to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, the water pipes — and are used to make these things produce sound. The activations are of three types: wind, vibration, striking. The devices do not produce sound themselves, but they cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument.

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