For the fifth and final edition of stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim Museum’s programming out into the streets of New York City’s boroughs, Charlie Todd and Tyler Walker of Improv Everywhere, along with audiologist Tina Jupiter, present Audiogram, a 65-minute experiential and theatrical group hearing test designed for the South Bronx.
Hearing is often measured with an audiogram, a test in which humans are asked to raise their hand or press a button when detecting a range of tones of specific frequency and intensity. The stillspotting nyc project examines how the effects of urban noise on our hearing can be measured more effectively. For Audiogram, Improv Everywhere—a New York City-based prank collective that creates scenes in public places—along with audiologist Tina Jupiter, will unveil a unique version of the conventional audiogram through an experience that connects science with humor and the element of surprise.
Drawing from Improv Everywhere’s mp3 experiment series, Audiogram combines the format of a live hearing evaluation with ambient sounds from the Joyce Kilmer Park off the Bronx Grand Concourse. Participants will engage with pre-recorded sound that will be downloaded to personal mp3 players or borrowed iPods. Walking though the park, a narrator will guide listeners through changing perspectives on sounds in the city so that among the aural bleeps and blips, participants may encounter surprises along their way. By disorienting its test subjects with layers of fiction and reality, Audiogram intends to heighten awareness of the constant noise surrounding people within New York City.
Visitors to Audiogram will take part in an interactive, group hearing test guided by a pre-recorded audio track transmitted through personal mp3 players and borrowed iPods. Participants begin at a stillspotting nyc kiosk stationed in the lobby of the Bronx Museum of the Arts at 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street in the Bronx, where they receive their Audiogram guides and wristband and walk to nearby Joyce Kilmer Park to start the hearing test. The nearest subway stops are the B or D train to 167 St/Grand Concourse Station and the 4 train to 161 St/Yankee Stadium Station.
Audiogram will be offered rain or shine on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 at five times each day: 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, and 6pm. Participants are requested to arrive before their ticketed tour time for check in. A limited number of iPods will be available for rental at the ticketing kiosk and must be reserved when purchasing tickets online. The recorded program is approximately one hour long. Advance registration is strongly suggested. Tickets will be available beginning on September 10 by credit card only. To learn more, visit stillspotting.guggenheim.org.
Visitors wishing to travel by bicycle to Audiogram may take advantage of an additional free self-guided cycling program created in collaboration with NYC’s Department of Transportation. A map with suggested bike routes that highlight issues of silence and noise around the neighborhoods off the Bronx Grand Concourse will be available at the ticketing kiosk and for download at stillspotting.guggenheim.org.
Stillspotting nyc is organized by David van der Leer, Assistant Curator, Architecture and Urban Studies, with Sarah Malaika, Stillspotting Project Associate, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Support for stillspotting nyc is provided by the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Opportunities Fund and a MetLife Foundation Museum and Community Connections grant. This project is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Leadership Committee for stillspotting nyc, co-chaired by Franklin Campbell and Pamela Samuels, is gratefully acknowledged for its support.