hMa sound research : Vox Harbour
collaboration with Jane Philbrick and Bob Bielecki
Vox Harbor proposes three body-sized bandshell sound booths that will enable participants to communicate across three banks of the East River, connecting the distinct but proximate communities of the Sculpture Park, Roosevelt Island, and Astoria Housing in a sidewalk-type dialogue. Conversations will be sampled and play back, referencing the sound of the ocean in a seashell, but here the din will comprise the soundscape/urban landscape of New York’s most diverse, polyphonic borough.
The soundtrack will also include a spoken word panorama recorded by the artist in situ at each of the three Vox Harbor sites. Bracketing the river in these formally parenthetical structures, Vox Harbor invites and celebrates the diversity of discourse that constitutes New York’s dynamic voice, where world-wide street talk is at home in Queens.