- Published Aug 23, 2013 in The Scene
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We can all agree that looking at art is boring right? Van Gogh who? Never fear, now 's your chance to hear art in the coolest way possible.
You're going to want to sit down. We've got something crazy to tell you. But don't just sit anywhere, get your ass over to the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, for the uninitiated) and sit on the authentic New York City subway bench fitted with transducers that send music into your butt, something we think we'd probably like way more than we're supposed to.
In all seriousness, it's hard to be snide about something this awesome. Just when you thought art was all old, dead foreign people with impossible to pronounce names, our favorite NYC museum goes and does something totally out of left field. And it totally works.
We'd go just to experience the wall constructed of 1,500 tiny one-bit speakers, all tuned to a unique frequency. It's an interactive piece called Soundings. The interaction comes when you attempt to plaster yourself against the wall, altering your experience of complete originality. Freelance writer Carey Dunne puts it better: "[Visitors] tend to scurry back and forth along the 25-foot wall, ears pressed against the speakers as if expecting to divine secrets from the buzzes and hums. Wiggling around next to the piece produces noises like a launching rocket ship or malfunctioning washing machine."
Not your cup of tea? Not to worry, there's lots more of the exhibit to explore. Take, for instance, Jana Winderen’s Ultrafield, where you rest your weary bones while enjoying the sound of codfish speaking among the din of bats, fish and sea-bugs, all brought to your ears by way of ultrasound-sensitive underwater microphones.
Look, it's not going to make perfect sense right here and now. That's why you have to go
see hear this incredible aural feast to believe it. But you won't
be sorry. In fact, you may very well be enlightened.
Source: Fast Company