Presenting visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces.

AiOP 2017: SENSE- Get to Know This Year’s Artists! Laia Solé + Thelma García

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Name: Laia Solé + Thelma García
Title of project and short description:

RUIDERO. An exploration of the everyday life sounds of 14th street through a collective walk. The project seeks at isolating and amplifying the muffled dynamics of the street, walking and stopping by specific places to listen to its sounds. Ruidero uses QR codes distributed along the street to bring those soundscapes directly to participants’ smartphones.

Laia Solé + Thelma García

How have you chosen to interpret the theme “SENSE?”

We have chosen to interpret it literally, focusing on the sense of hearing. We liked the idea of using headphones in a public space, because it creates an intimate space within the “ruidero” –noisy public surrounding– and simultaneously, one blends in the anonymity of passersby walking on the street.
Why do you believe 14th Street is a compelling site for creative response?

Because it is a straight line that transversely cuts the city. One can walk from east to west or vice-versa, and find a diversity of ecosystems through one single line.
What reactions are you hoping to draw from the public?

We hope that they develop an awareness and curiosity towards the everyday soundscapes.

AiOP 2017: SENSE- Get to Know This Year’s Artists! Ricardo Miranda Zuniga

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Name: Ricardo Miranda Zuniga

Title of project and short description

INCERTIDUMBRE

Incertidumbre is a virtual reality game about cultural dislocation. Game play takes place in an urban maze, throughout the maze are disembodied voices sharing tales of gentrification.  At other points in the maze, the player will encounter video portraits of people who share personal accounts of cultural loss, or dislocation and uncertainty.  The player escapes the maze by collecting these stories, but must also avoid pursuer that seeks to stop the player.

How have you chosen to interpret the theme “SENSE?”

The streets of Manhattan overwhelm the human senses.  I hope to intervene upon the street noise and activity by providing pedestrians a virtual reality respite in which the senses will be masked by the sounds and graphics of a confined digital experience.

Ricardo Miranda Zuniga

Why do you believe 14th Street is a compelling site for creative response?

Anytime a creative intervention is placed in a busy public location, such as 14th Street, the outcomes are entirely unexpected and the possibilities of interaction are exciting.

What reactions are you hoping to draw from the public?

Awe, pleasure and critical analysis