Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Playing the Building

Battery Maritime Building: Front

10 South Street, New York, NY (Map)

31 May – 10 August 2008
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Noon – 6PM (Free)

(via David Byrne's Journal) 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.

Battery Maritime Building: PTB Mockup 2008

More information and Anne Pasternak's interview with David Byrne here // Take a video tour inside the building:


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