While the vitality and stimulation of the urban environment can be pleasant, those living in or visiting densely populated areas, such as New York, can have wildly different experiences. The ever-present cacophony of traffic, construction, and commerce; the struggle for mental and physical space; and the anxious need for constant communication in person or via technology are relentless assaults on the senses. One wonders how locals and visitors can escape, find respite, and make peace with their space in this “city that never sleeps.”
The Guggenheim Museum responds with stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the museum’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of the city’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Every three to five months, “stillspots” are identified, created, or transformed by architects, artists, designers, composers, and philosophers into public tours, events, or installations.
A couple notable events in conjunction with the exhibition:
Finale Variety Show
Co-hosted by Unsound at the Guggenheim
Tues., Oct 9, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Sound performance 6:30 p.m.; Guggenheium Museum
Join architect Charles Renfro, writer Robert A.F. Thurman, artist Jana Winderen, historian Hillel Schwartz, and more to explore issues of sound and stillness in the urban environment. $10, $7 Guggenheim members.
Audiogram by Improv Everywhere and audiologist Tina Jupiter
An Mp3 Audio Adventure in the Bronx
Sat. and Sun., Oct 13 and 14.
12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, and 6:00 p.m.; Bronx Museum of Arts
Put your hearing to the test! Participate in a new interactive site-specific commission by Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere, composer Tyler Walker, and audiologist Tina Jupiter. The 65-minute experience combines science with theater and humor offering surprising new perspectives on sound in the city. $12, $10 Guggenheim members.