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This article was written on 01 Dec 2012, and is filled under art culture projects, experimental projects, socially engaged art.

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Heisenberg and Audio Tours

Tour Stop – image: Machine Project

I wrote about this project back in June– Southern Exposure and Machine Project joined forces to create 20 continuous days of events in 20 homes in San Francisco. Ours was one of them. There were three events that day, and one was an audio tour, ala museum, created by artist Josh Greene. The SMEP team recently posted the video excerpts of the event (below).

I thought I’d post the process. It all began with the following email from Josh:

i have been thinking quite a bit about your career in museum design and the confluence of that background, a ‘show’ in your house and of course the notion that a house is filled with tons of compelling information (both past and present).

i am thinking about trying to put together a museum-style audio tour of your house. if the technology permits, people would connect to itunes via their phones and find the tour as a podcast.

in order to make this happen i would need to sit down with you and mark and have a more detailed conversation to generate the content of the tour.

“Inspired” by these interviews, Josh produced and narrated a museum-style tour of stops around our house. Upon arrival, visitors were given a map, and read an introductory panel. Then they downloaded the audio from iTunes, donned headphones, and wandered silently, stopping at various markers:

I’m not going to tell you what is truth or fiction. For me it is wry and stark reminder that like much of the universe, museums also follow Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle: “The more precisely the position of some particle is determined, the less precisely its momentum can be known, and vice versa.”

We had a lot of fun.

Southern Machine Exposure Project Event #14: Josh Greene’s Audio tour from Southern Exposure on Vimeo.

One Comment

  1. Katie Bowell
    April 3, 2013

    Goodness me, do I adore this. So, so much.

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