At the DeCordova, smart phone app is real conversation piece [telecom]

AUDIO: At the DeCordova, smart phone app is real conversation piece

By Chris Bergeron/DAILY NEWS STAFF GateHouse News Service Posted Aug 08, 2010 @ 08:54 PM Last update Aug 10, 2010 @ 10:59 AM


Getting an earful can sometimes make you see things more clearly.

That's what makes audio artist Halsey Burgund's new sound installation at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum such eye-opening fun.

For people who grew up being shushed in museums, Burgund's ``Scapes'' lets visitors eavesdrop via a smart phone on other visitors' conversations and hear their reactions to many of the park's outdoor artworks.

Burgund has custom-built an iPhone application just for the DeCordova that lets visitors listen to an auditory tapestry of comments, natural sounds and music recorded by himself and others on their tours of the 35-acre park.

Museum staffer Susie Stockwell explained that Burgund's free application can be downloaded from the Apple App store onto any smart phone. ``You can be part of the installation,'' she said.

Burgund's ``Scapes'' is the third project in DeCordova's PLATFORM series, which will comprise nine solo exhibits by early and mid-career artists from New England and across the country. Stockwell said those artists are encouraged to create work that enhances visitors' experiences of the park's physical, social and creative landscape.

Burgund's ``Scapes'' will be available through Nov. 14.


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