How can Architects make the ARTS more VISIBLE?
Designing a Hpothetical School for the Arts in Central Square
It seems like it was decades ago that the arts were drastically reduced or removed from the curricula of elementary and high school programs around the country. Although many of our most creative cities find that innovation in the arts and sciences helps them develop vibrant communities, studio arts, theatre, music, and dance are still minimally represented in the hours that children and teens spend in school. Yet the arts remain unique as an experience for developing adaptive creativity and numerous important life skills as well as a medium for strengthening neighborhoods and cities.
Cambridge Arts, in collaboration with an upper-level architectural studio class at Boston Architectural College (BAC) led by David De Celis, is pleased to present this exhibition that demonstrates possibilities for how architecture can make the arts more visible, more relevant, and more accessible within our urban centers.
Central Square is a cultural district filled with venues, organizations, and individuals engaged in the arts. The built environment visible to citizens on the street could reveal this wealth more fully. The architectural students represented here have been given an apt site on which to envision a hypothetical school for the visual and performing arts.
In four stages, this exhibition will evolve over the course of three months. The BAC students will use Gallery 344 to show their process of exploring how strategic infusions of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design can transform a community. We encourage you to visit throughout the process.
A city-wide sound art installation
by Halsey Burgund
ROUND: Cambridge, created by artist Halsey Burgund, is a new city-wide, site-specific sound art installation. The project engages the general public through music and participant commentary via smartphone technology. Using Cambridge's impressive Public Art Collection and public spaces as a touch-point, citizens and visitors are able to participate by adding their thoughts, questions, and reflections to an ever-evolving composition encompassing the city. As a participant moves throughout the city, the person can record comments or listen to those left by others about a specific artwork or location. Users' comments immediately upload to the composition, adding a new auditory layer to the landscape.
The CAC Gallery was the original launching site (October 1 through November 23, 2012) for ROUND: Cambridge. Gallery viewers, and those without a smartphone, experienced the project and contributed to the composition in the recording booth at the CAC Gallery, located in the City Hall Annex at 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge.
This public art project, commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council, continues through the end 2014. Download the free ROUND: Cambridge app at iTunes and Google Play.
As a public artwork, ROUND: Cambridge exists in the public domain, like the sculptures, murals and other public art around Cambridge. By allowing people to leave their mark on the landscape, Cambridge is transformed into a collective audio work.
More information is available at halseyburgund.com/work/r2c.
About the Artist
Halsey Burgund is a musician and sound artist living in Greater Boston. Both his installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. Halsey has exhibited and performed in museums and galleries throughout the country, including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Museum of Science, Boston and the California Academy of Sciences. He was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2011 to explore their audio archives for future work.
ROUND: Cambridge Partners & Support
Cambridge Arts Council acknowledges the support and partnership of the City of Cambridge Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, in addition to funding through the National Endowment of the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council.
:: New app allows "audio graffiti" in Cambridge, Cambridge Chronicle, Sept. 14, 2012
:: Public art and the 'raw material of thoughts' inspires musical soundscape, Wired.Co.UK, Sept. 29, 2012
:: Why The Roundware Open-Source Audio Location Platform Rules, evolver.fm, 10/17/12
:: Fuse Review - ROUND: Cambridge Sounds the Depths of the City's Public Art, The Arts Fuse, 10/21/12
:: ROUND : Cambridge, a participatory soundscape by Halsey Burgund, Big, Red & Shiny, 11/28/12
Cambridge Arts Council Public Art Program
In accordance with Cambridge's Public Art Program, one percent of construction costs for capital improvements is designated to support the inclusion of integrated, site-responsive public art. Since 1979, over 200 artworks have been commissioned into the Cambridge Public Art Collection for the enjoyment of all who live, work and visit the city.