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CURRENT is a site-specific audio installation that leads you on a walk through Lower Manhattan.

2021 Annie Saunders with Andrew Schneider,Jackie! Zhou,One Thousand Birds,OpenEndedGroup and Octopus Theatricals
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I created this project to bring audiences back to themselves in the city – an outdoor audio project for participants on their own phones and headphones that would find a way to feel live.

Annie Saunders, Creator, to Docubase

CURRENT is a site-specific audio installation that leads you on a walk through Lower Manhattan. The project can be accessed via a custom website, using your own mobile device and headphones. CURRENT immerses participants using binaural sound, and environmental recordings to draw together a narrative that includes themes of water, time, construction, destruction, synchronicity, and resilience.

The Ambisonic mic that was used to develop the project is a capsule that has four microphones on it so it records 360 sound to give an accurate sonic landscape.The audio plays at specific times of day, timed for theatricality of light in Lower Manhattan, and can only be accessed at the geographical start point. The custom web-based platform, built by OpenEndedGroup, gives the participant no control of the audio, which begins spontaneously at the start time for each participant, who is then guided on a walk by intertwining narrators and spatialize sound design, recorded on location.

Preservation Wishes

I hope this project is remembered by those who experienced it in its original form when they return to the site where it took place, as a personal, physical, sensory moment in space and time.

Project at a Glance :

Language : English
Country : USA
Year : 2021
Author : Annie Saunders with Andrew Schneider,Jackie! Zhou,One Thousand Birds,OpenEndedGroup and Octopus Theatricals
Producer : Annie Saunders,Octopus Theatricals
Team : Andrew Schneider,Jackie! Zhou,Mara Isaacs,Marc Downie,Paul Kaiser
Developers : Marc Downie,Paul Kaiser
Designers : Andrew Schneider,Jackie! Zhou,Marc Downie
Topics : Architecture,Arts and Culture,Civic Life,Climate Change,Environmentalism,Human Experience,Relationships,Site Specific,Time
Technologies : Binaural audio,Mobile
Techniques : Audio,Augmented reality,Immersive,Location-based media
Awards & Nominations : Tribeca Festival Best Immersive Creative Nonfiction Award,Tribeca X Award Immersive
Funders AND Incubators : Commissioned by Arts Brookfield for One Liberty Plaza and One New York Plaza
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