Monday, July 7, 2008

Day 17: Playing in the city

Playing the Building (David Byrne with Creative Time)

We played the building yesterday.

"Playing the Building is deceptive in its simplicity. Sitting in the middle of a vast 1909 municipal ferry terminal in Lower Manhattan is the most basic church organ—a little wooden one that looks well worn. Visitors are invited to take center stage and tinker with the organ’s black and white keys, which in turn ping, tap, and blow air through the building’s columns, pipes, walls, and windows through a series of low-tech cables and wires. The project is in no way grandiose; on the contrary, it has a humble presence within a formerly grandiose building. Despite its apparent modesty, Playing the Building seems to be layered with rich meaning relating to human nature, our contemporary relationship to place and sound, and considerations of shifts in culture at large... "
- Anne Pasternak, Creative Time

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