Walking Tour // Sound and the City: Artists Max Neuhaus and Janet Cardiff

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Sun, Sep 11 at 4 p.m.   |   90 minutes


Sound travels. In this afternoon Olio we too will journey, rediscovering two iconic New York City locations--Times Square and Central Park--by experiencing Max Neuhaus’ sound installation Times Square (1977-1992; 2002-ongoing), and Janet Cardiff’s guided audio-walk, Her Long Black Hair (2005). A hidden gem, Max Neuhaus’ droning installation oozes from beneath the subway grates on the triangular pedestrian island between 45th and 46th streets. In Her Long Black Hair, Janet Cardiff directs a 35-minute surreal psychological and physical odyssey through the park. We will explore how these two artists harness the permeating and penetrating nature of sound to intermingle with their chosen sites, ultimately altering our perceptions of place.


Additional info:

For this Olio, each participant must have their own individual electronic device that is capable of housing images and audio, in addition to individual headphones (unfortunately, sharing won’t work!) In advance of the class, please download the zip drive that houses Janet Cardiff’s Her Long Black Hair, archived on the Public Art Fund’s website: https://phiffer.org/hlbh/#digitalarchive.

We will send you the exact meeting location upon sign-up.

Teacher: Meredith Mowder
Venue: Walking Tour

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