Whispering Galleries is an interactive artwork developed specifically for the city of New Haven by Brad Bouse and Amaranth Borsuk, the creators ofBetween Page and Screen, a book of augmented reality poems.
Whispering Galleries allows visitors to engage with an anonymous diary from 1858. The keeper of this diary worked with his hands: as a woodworker making handles for tools, sawing lumber, and sweeping out the shop; as a violinist making music at intimate gatherings and church occasions; and as a composer, writing pieces for performance at the local school. In daily entries, the author’s week is measured out by hand-work.
Others come in and out of his shop and home: customers and friends mentioned in passing, whose presence reveals the way a New England community of the mid-nineteenth century relied on careful manual labor for its members’ livelihood and enrichment. The voice of this diary sends whispers to the present through erasure poems that draw these themes to the surface.
The concept of one voice scarcely making use of the physical possibilities of body - almost disembodied - reading with attention only to intellect and syntax to an audience ranged in rows, gives way to a new concept of complex bodily movements and mobile vocal-body sounds in space, - moving in space and sensed in different intensities and from different directions by an audience who may, in the event, become participants, and who may also be scattered in space …
Bob Cobbing, 1972
screenshot by limbless-creaturess
Suppose that grey tree, so nude
began to waltz
slowly in time to something we
are deaf to in the thickening snow.
Would it be merely trying to get
warm and true,
as it seems one
does while dancing,
or would this be
an invitation from the inanimate
world our bones,
trying not to ache
with foreboding, seemed to warn us of
in early childhood?
Then, unenlightened by desire and
satisfied by very real dreams, we
were able briefly,
as from a window,
to look bravely upon the baroque will
not knowing, in our clever
who really felt the cold.
'Poem' Frank O'Hara
Cornflake Faces Hairy Porridge
Nathan Walker (2014) A5 Artists’ Book, 8 pages,
Methods for Reading the Illegible, Aymee Smith (2014)
Book, 266 pages, Black and White
Taking Craig Dworkin’s book Reading the Illegible as a starting point, each page has been photocopied on to acetate, and then scanned in to a computer, being gradually layered one sheet upon the other to create a text which gradually disappears from before our eyes. The artwork also exists in its acetate form, within a frame, which reflects the eye of the reader back at them, drawing their sight as well as their attention to act of reading.