A new collaboration between Vanessa Kwan and Theatre Replacement.
Speaker A (working title) will be a permanent sound installation at Second and Main, a new development located at 1837-1847 Main Street, 180 East 2nd Avenue and 157-185 East 3rd Ave.
The work includes three distinct audio tracks, installed at specific locations between a public entrance facing Main Street and the alley courtyard. Three specialized directional speakers are integrated into the ceiling panels and help to create an intimate listening experience in a public space. The speakers produce a highly controlled sound “column” that visitors can walk into and out of at will. Customized tiling visually identifies the location of the work on the ground-plane.
The audio tracks are a series of collaborative texts/stories, gleaned from 12-14 writers from around the city. Each track will have a distinct focus that, when taken together (or separately), bring together ideas that define lives lived in such close proximity: restlessness and care.
The choice to use sound, stems from our interest in creating experiences in public space that draw attention to ideas, histories and subjectivities that lie beneath the surface of the city: quite literally the things we can’t see. Diverging from the tradition of public art as permanent object-based sculpture, this sound work is intended to provide a textured, auditory experience that shifts and changes as time goes on, and as the audience encounters it; spanned across three speakers, with many narratives playing in varying sequences, there will be no two experiences that will be the same.
Our perspective is that these narratives are about change and loss and restlessness — and also about how we care for the things around us. We hope to create a public experience around many of the emotions that arise for us daily as we contend with a changing landscape and a beleaguered environment, and also how we might embrace equally our ability to enact care.
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