Art City HQ
July 14 to September 30, 2014
Gallery 344 will be a hive of activity, acting as a planning headquarters, art installation, and performance space for ‘Art City’, a newly formed group that is coordinating a Cambridge-wide pop-up Arts Festival throughout the month of August that includes visual art, dance, film, theater, and more. Gallery 344 is free and open to the public.
Art City Cambridge is a grassroots organization that advocates, supports, and creates new venues for emerging artists of all kinds in order to showcase their talents to the fullest and coolest extent. Stay tuned during August for the inaugural month of weekend & pop up events.
First Art City Exhibition: July 14-29, 2014
Artist Reception: July 21 6-8pm
The CRLS Photography Alumni Show is a collection of work produced by photographers after our years in the Rindge darkrooms. In examining our expanding worlds through captured still images, CRLS alumni photographers apply a Cambridge-eye view to the world around us. Present are Cantab interpretations of humor, compassion, inclusion, and pleasure. Some photographers have taken their cameras to other continents, others have turned them inwards to family and home.
In the work itself, subject, theme, and photographic medium differ from alumnus to alumnus, while a thread of determination to continue practicing photography ties our work together. All of the photos hanging in this room were taken after work, on vacation, during graduate school, or in an otherwise non-professional capacity. We’re shooting because our experience with photography at CRLS made this form of expression important to us. In essence, the show is a testament to the power of photography taught and produced well: It is contemplative, meditative, compassionate, and it never leaves us.
Cambridge Arts Council
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA
January 20 – June 20, 2014
Monday 8:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Friday 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Saturday - Sunday closed
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.