SPEAK UP, LISTEN UP: DOWNLOAD UNRESERVED AND CREATE WITHIN A SOUND SPACE WHERE THERE IS NO NEED FOR RESERVATIONS
THE FORDISTAS UNRESERVED APP INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE AND BECOME A PART OF A COLLAGE OF SOUND WHERE EVERYONE IS AN ARTIST IN HIS OR HER OWN VOICE
MIAMI, FL – NOVEMBER XX, 2015: Fordistas, the ever-changing arts and culture platform by South Florida Ford, breaks new ground into the soundscape during Miami Art Week with unreserved – an immersive audio experience mobile app.
The project is a collaborative effort with sound artist Halsey Burgund. Burgund is a fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab and creator of Roundware, an experimental, GPS-enabled, open-source, mobile audio platform that is the backbone for unreserved.
Fordistas first connected with Burgund during the Filmgate Interactive Conference in February where he hosted a workshop based on Roundware. In this case, Filmgate’s mission of celebrating independent audio and visual storytellers helped plant the seed for the ambitious project, which comes to fruition during the upcoming Miami Art Week.
The perennial growth of Miami Art Week has in many ways created a culture of inaccessibility for both artists and spectators. Within a restricted visual landscape artists strive to showcase their work in increasingly curated spaces, either in galleries or on Wynwood wall space, while the public is limited to the role of spectator. Until now...
With unreserved, the public and artists alike are invited to surpass these limitations by downloading the free app and contributing to an ever-evolving sound collage of voices, street sounds and musical elements. Through the contribution of his or her own voice, each individual will have the chance to participate in the creation of a sonic work of art that will form a collective representation. Consider it a form of audio graffiti, an urban soundtrack, or an expanded version of street art.
Users will be able to engage with the geo-sensitive app from strategic locations throughout Wynwood and beyond. As participants access the application on their smartphones, they will have the opportunity to interact with the space while documenting the pulse of the city.
“I find it incredibly exciting as well as entirely nerve-wrecking each time I unleash a new project because I have no idea what will happen,” said Burgund. “I do not control the outcome, but rather only create an infrastructure within which participants can act however they choose. Wynwood is a unique area both culturally and physically. I look forward to hearing how residents and visitors alike help build the collective layer of audio over time.”
The project’s name references the practice of reserving wall space for work on murals, while invoking a greater sense of accessibility, collective participation and expressive freedom –– without reservation. By eliminating the barriers to participation, unreserved hopes to engage the community in forming part of this interactive auditory experience.
In addition to having Wynwood as the epicenter for unreserved, Fordistas will preview the unreserved app at the PAMM Third Thursday: Poplife Social on November 19th at 6:00 pm. Artists and community influencers will add their unique voices creating the first layer of the acoustic canvas while wandering through the stunning parking structure and surrounding museum gardens.
On December 1, 2015, unreserved will be available for download in the App Store and open for the public to contribute to the sound of its own unique collective voice.
The collaborative effort will be available for public viewing in the form of a sound installation where the voices will come together in a sonic and visual collective conversation at Fordistas Gallery and neighboring Butter Gallery. Join us at 2930 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127 on December 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm to experience the blending of the community’s Miami Art Week experiences one layer of a sound at a time.
The Fordistas program is a platform for original artistic expressions powered by South Florida Ford. Over the years, the Fordistas program, as a platform for emerging arts and culture, has both disrupted the flow of what has now become the mainstream Wynwood arts and culture scene. At the crossroads of art for art’s sake and commercial consumption, the local and the global, the gallery and the street, the Fordistas program intends to break new ground for Miami Art Week 2015 by venturing into the ether – the digital soundscape. To learn more visit www.fordistas.com. #Fordistas
About the Creator
Halsey Burgund is a fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab and creator of Roundware, a mobile audio platform which facilitates the creation of immersive, location-based, contributory audio installations such as unreserved. Burgund uses recordings of spoken human voices as raw material for his work and is inspired by the voice’s unique ability to communicate much more than just the words themselves. For more information on Burgund and his work, visit: http://halseyburgund.com/."
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