October 1, 2012 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - stillspotting nyc: finale
October 1, 2012

stillspotting nyc: finale

Snøhetta. Concept sketch for “To a Great City,” 2011. Digital photograph with handwriting. © Snøhetta 2011.

stillspotting nyc: finale
Tuesday, October 9, 7–11pm

Guggenheim Museum
Peter B. Lewis Theater and Rotunda
5th Ave at 89th St (map)

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Culminating program co-produced with Unsound celebrating the off-Site exhibition series exploring sound and stillness in urban environments to include architect Charles Renfro, historian Hillel Schwartz, sound artist Jana Winderen, and writer Robert A.F. Thurman, among many others

On October 9, the Guggenheim Museum and Unsound—creators of the celebrated New York festival—host a variety show of talks, performances, films, readings, statements, and personal reflections by architects, artists, planners, scientists, politicians, philosophers, and musicians as a finale reflecting upon the issues explored within the five editions of the off-site exhibition series stillspotting nyc. Program visitors will join in a larger conversation about how man-made environments can be reconceived, reshaped, and redesigned to provide increased opportunities for calm and stillness, and will be invited to revisit elements of the site-specific commissions from each of the five New York City boroughs recreated in the Guggenheim rotunda during the evening of the stillspotting nyc: finale.

The program will take place in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of the Guggenheim Museum from 7–10pm, with a lounge—including restaged elements of stillspotting nyc editions—held in the rotunda from 9–11pm where specialty stillspotting cocktails will be enjoyed. View the complete program description and buy tickets.

Program for stillspotting nyc: finale

At LAST: Between the Concert and the Wall by artist and musician Sergei Tcherepnin(Brooklyn, NY)

Introductory notes by David van der Leer, Associate Curator, Architecture and Urban Studies, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Lawrence Kumpf and Andy Battaglia, organizers and co-curators, Unsound (New York, NY)

Sound Histories of NYC by historian Emily Thompson (Princeton University, NJ)

Urban Noise and Health with health researcher Dr. Robyn Gershon (University of California, San Francisco, CA)

On Tony Schwartz #1 sound collage by historian and radio DJ David Suisman (Philadelphia, PA)

Professionalizing Stillnesswith Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation, Sarah Williams, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston); and noise consultant and professor Eric Zwerling (Rutgers University, NJ)

Water Signal by sound artist and acoustic researcher Jana Winderen (Oslo, Norway) 

On Stillness by writer and academic Robert A. F. Thurman(Columbia University, New York, NY)

On Schwartz #2 presentation/biographical talk by historian and radio DJ David Suisman (Philadelphia, PA)

The Still City? by architect Charles Renfro (Diller Scofidio + Renfro, NYC)

On Schwartz #3 sound collage by historian and radio DJ David Suisman (Philadelphia, PA)

Between Language and Sound with novelist Ben Marcus (New York, NY)

Sound intervention by experimental musician Jon Mueller (Milwaukee, WI)

Making Noise with historian, poet, and arts consultant Hillel Schwartz (Leucadia, CA) 

Restaging of five stillspotting nyc editions and reception                             

Editions of stillspotting nyc included: Sanatorium by visual artist Pedro Reyes in downtown Brooklyn; To a Great City around Lower Manhattan by composer Arvo Pärt and architectural firm Snøhetta; Transhistoria in Jackson Heights, Queens, by architectural firm Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL); and Telettrofono in Staten Island by sound artist Justin Bennett with poet Matthea Harvey. The fifth and final edition, Audiogram in the South Bronx by Improv Everywhere and audiologist Tina Jupiter, charts the impact of noise on the hearing abilities of New Yorkers through a unique interactive audio experience taking place October 13–14. Learn more about Audiogram and buy tickets.

The stillspotting nyc finale is supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York. 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.

This event is presented as part of Archtober: Architecture and Design Month. 




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