Things Over Time: A Public Art Installation
Artist: Chelsea Southard
Culmination of artist-in-residency at Diablo Glass School and Final Thesis at Berklee College of Music
Exhibition: August 1st – August 15th 2014 at Berklee’s 1140 Boylston St. Boston MA
Sonic Portrait: Tremont Tunnels is the first part of the series under the overarching project title, Things/Time (pronounced Things Over Time) that was exhibited in Boston’s Back Bay From August 1st – 15th 2014.
For Southard’s final thesis project at Berklee College of Music as well as the culmination of her residency at Diablo Glass School she transformed a simple mobile storage unit or “POD” into an immersive sound chamber of light and glass.
Sonic Portrait: Tremont Tunnels
Built in 1897, the tunnels under Tremont St in Boston are the first subway system ever built in the United States. The sounds in Things/Time are the first sonic documentation of this historic and abandoned location in Boston. The sonic portrait consists of 360-degree ambiances, environment interaction sounds, impulse responses,and instruments played within the space. The piece is generated using a series of algorithms triggered by the real-time arrival and departure of the Boylston subway station, under which the forgotten tunnels lie. Over the course of the next 14 days of exhibition the instruments within the piece and the sounds imposed upon the space were slowly stretched over time. Creating a dynamic and changing environment for its visitors, as time takes its toll the sonic space grows more obscure much like the memory of the tunnels themselves.