11.17.2007

“Anyplace, Brooklyn” Audio Walking Tour about development

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Date/Time: 17/11/2007 12:00 am


Anyplace, Brooklyn: an audio walking tour about development and public space in downtown Brooklyn.
Every Saturday in November. NOON TO 2 PM. 1-hour tours begin every 5 minutes.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Where to Go: Come to the public tables @ Willoughby and Adams Streets in downtown Brooklyn to pick up materials and begin the tour. One-hour tours begin every 5 minutes between noon and 2 PM on every Saturday in November.
What to Bring: You must bring a CD player or an mp3 player with the downloaded files from anyplacebrooklyn.com to participate.
Anyplace, Brooklyn, an audio walking tour of Downtown Brooklyn, blends documentary sounds, interviews and guided observation to explore critical issues raised by the New York City’s Downtown Brooklyn Development Plan including: public space, democracy, eminent domain, freedom of expression and privatization. Anyplace, Brooklyn presents strong evidence that Downtown Brooklyn, far from being blighted, is a thriving neighborhood of historic and cultural importance.
Participants bring a CD player or mp3 player with downloaded audio tracks to the public tables at the corner of Willoughby and Adams Streets in Downtown Brooklyn. There they pick up the walking tour materials and don headphones, setting off alone or in small groups for a one-hour exploration of the neighborhood. After pressing play, a narrator guides the walker over a set path around Fulton Mall, Duffield Street and MetroTech Commons. Recorded sounds and footsteps mix with actual street sounds to intensify reality, and the walker finds herself being led through the neighborhood in a heightened state of observation. The descriptions and opinions heard on the walking tour may confirm or contrast with the walker’s own observations, and encourage their complex consideration of the issues at hand.
Anyplace, Brooklyn was created by Samara Smith, a Brooklyn resident and independent media-artist and educator. The project premiered at Conflux, the annual New York festival for contemporary psychogeography, in September 2007.
TO PARTICIPATE YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN CD PLAYER* OR AN MP3 PLAYER WITH THE FILES ALREADY DOWNLOADED. Downloads are available for free at anyplacebrooklyn.com
* A limited number of CD players will be available on a first come basis for those with no access to audio players. If you plan to use one of these CD players please be prepared to wait.

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