Today’s sounds takes us on the border of SoHo and NoLita, on Kenmare St & Centre St. As I mentioned earlier this week I lived in area, specifically on Broome & Centre. My bedroom window looked out onto Kenmare St. & Centre St. and I would always look at these odd line designs on the side of a building. I always wondered if it was some type of mural or art project because i never saw this said “Storefront” in action. That changed one afternoon when I looked out and saw that the designs came to life and jutted out into the streets, much like the picture above. Swarms of people weaved in and out of the space as they watched videos and looked at images for an exhibition that was on. This specific space made me realize just how versatile public art and exhibition spaces could be. I mean, when can you say simple line designs move to open up an entire gallery space! The space is known as the Storefront for Art and Design, and the organization’s mission is to be involved in the advancement of innovative work in art, architecture, and design. As their mission statement says:
Our program of exhibitions, artists talks, film screenings, conferences and publications is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. As a public forum for emerging voices, Storefront explores vital issues in art and architecture with the intent of increasing awareness of and interest in contemporary design.
The whole point of the Without Walls Project is to exhibit sounds around public art forums and I thought why not record around the very space that I credit with opening up my eyes on what public art forums can be. With this recording you’ll hear how the space sounds like on a day with no exhibitions and the line designs integrated themselves into the brick walls that surround them. I would love to go back and record when there is an exhibition on. Or maybe one of you guys could help me? Anyways expect a map recap for the week very soon.
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