Magazine Beach - A Place Apart
Cambridge Arts and Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association present ‘Magazine Beach – A Place Apart’ November 3, 2014 – February 27, 2015 in Gallery 344.
Opening Reception - Monday, November 17, 6-8pm
From 1636 to the present... Examine the forces that shaped our 15-acre riverside park and share your ideas for its future.
In 2015, landscape designs for Magazine Beach - Cambridge’s 2nd largest park - will be updated and its future cast. This exhibition looks closely at the history of the site from its being a wooded island on a tidal estuary to its current form. It examines the forces that have defined it uses - for gunpowder storage, a river bathing beach, a boathouse for rowers, a storm water sewage treatment plant, and as a favorite swimming, soccer and picnicking destination.
“A Place Apart” offers a meditation on the past, present, and future of this dynamically changing place. We invite you to contribute to the conversation. What does Magazine Beach mean to you and what do you hope for its future?
Upcoming Events at Cambridge Arts:
Magazine Beach Memory Party
Saturday, Jan. 31,12-3pm
Do you have a memory of swimming or picnicking or just hanging out in the park? Share it over lunch with us.
Monday, Feb. 2, 6-8pm
With remarks by Charles Sullivan of the Cambridge Historical Commission and Renata von Tscharner of the Charles River Conservancy. Co-hosted by Cambridge Arts, the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Assn., Cambridge Historical Society, Cambridge Historical Commission, Charles River Conservancy, and the Riverside Boat Club.
Monday, Feb. 23, 6-8pm
With bluegrass by Best Ever Chicken. All are welcome. Bring a dish to share.
Cambridge Arts Council
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA
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.