Site & Sound: 56 Water St.

Site & Sound: 56 Water Street is an audiovisual archeology of this former foundry and spice grinding factory turned art gallery that was performed, recorded, and re-composed at, for, and, in some ways, by the building itself.

Recordings were made of the artist using his body and voice to explore the physical and spatial dimensions of the architecture with rhythm and tone. These recordings were combined with ambient site recordings of the noises the building makes to make a sound composition. In the darkened installation room where the viewer experiences the sound composition, flickering light is visible through an eye-sized peephole. Peering in, the viewer discovers a monitor displaying detailed photographic images synchronized with the sound. This unusual form of notation provides the viewer with a psycho-geographical map indicating from where in the building each sound used in the composition originated.