Dederang, Vic Australia
-n 1. a noisy confused place or situation.
[This post was originally written for the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture Blog while I was the artist in residence there.]
On the way up to Bogong Village from Melbourne, the drive was quite an experience. I’ve never driven on the left side of the road and I’ve never driven a car with the driver on the right, much less a manual with the driver on the right. Doing the majority of the drive, about 3.5 hours of freeway, two-lane, village and even some mountain road was quite the experience. Interestingly, instead of relaxing and enjoying the scenery I was instead completely focused on the road markings and signage. The signs vary a great deal in both design and language from what I am familiar with in the United States but since I have a background in graphic design, I really appreciated the experience. It feels as though I’ve developed an intimate relationship with the infrastructural signage of the region. Intimate in that traffic accidents can be harmful or deadly.
Along the way, we stopped at a variety of locations as we got closer to Bogong Village to put up fliers for the listening walk that I will be doing later in my residency. The places we stopped were all community hubs of some sort. Locations visited by many different people and for a variety of reasons. We posted at grocery stores, news outlets, the post office notice board, the village info centers and even an all purpose outdoors/hardware/cookware/odds-n-ends shop. The community notice boards at the post offices and info centers were rich tapestries of local activity. There is no shortage of upcoming mountain biking events. Looking for volunteer opportunities to help prevent the spread of an invasive species? There’s a group looking for help. Interested in learning new beading techniques? There’s two classes available in which the first will make a basic snowflake hanger and the second will move on to bracelets. In the market for a high-end, lightly used road bike? Call Mark at 043 234 7156 with any questions. Also, please keep an eye on these boards for the most up to date fire and fire safety related information.
The grocery stores used a system of cards that could be filled out and slid into tracks in the wall. It’s a complete system ready for posting. There was even a high-lighter to add emphasis to the handwritten messages on the cards. There’s Craigslist but there’s also the community notice board at the local IGA. They serve a similar function. They have about the same design aesthetic. Neither seems any more reliable. It’s a message in a bottle left in a place where people know to look. Connections can form and needs can be met. There’s a sofa for sale. Call me @ 043 234 7156. Lost, black lab. Answers to the name Ringo. Please call 043 234 7156 if found. Small reward.
Senate Bill 841, 111th Congress:
The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010
To increase pedestrian safety, silent vehicles are required to make noise at low speeds.
With the increased use of sound for warning and communication in public spaces, masking and cancellation are not reasonable responses to the cacophonous urban soundscape.
Listening to the broadcasts of the unwanted that stem from the desirable.
Critical Information Conference at the School of Visual Arts
Topics in this panel seek to explore the relationships between images, sounds, and technologies of contemporary culture.
Sponsored by MFA Art Criticism & Writing department
Respondents: Alex Allenchey (student) and Michael Capio (faculty)
Alex Braidwood, Listening Instruments (Art Center College of Design, Media Design, MFA)
Elizabeth G. Medoff, Sound Monuments: Rethinking Public Memory (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Visual and Critical Studies, MFA)
Ryan Raffa, RhythmSynthesis (Parsons The New School for Design, Design and Technology, MFA)
Portia Seddon, The Aesthetics and Politics of Popular Music MP3 Blogs (Hunter College of the City University of New York, Anthropology, MA)
Noise is an ambiguous word. It’s definition is difficult to pin down. It means drastically different things to different people in different contexts. To get a sense for different aspects of noise and find inspiration to push my projects further, I spend time in some noisy places. On of my favorite noisiaries is near Bob Hope International Airport in Burbank, CA. Here, it is possible to be very close to where commercial airplanes land and take off. I visit these spaces in order to observe what types of things are happening here and to witness how people interacted with or responded to the noise.
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