14 May 2008

David Byrne in NY

David Byrne is turning the Battery Maritime Building in lower Manhattan into a giant musical instrument as an interactive exhibit he calls Playing the Building. He already did this to the Färgfabriken in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005.

Wired provides some interesting coverage of the exhibit, due to open at the end of May:
"I'm not suggesting people abandon musical instruments and start playing their cars and apartments," he adds, "but I do think the reign of music as a commodity made only by professionals might be winding down. The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world's popular music is a good thing, for the most part."
While you are there you could just cross the street and see Ken Smith's work at 55 Water.

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