ON VIEW MAY 10-22
IN TIMES SQUARE W 42 ST
Designers from ancient Greek theaters to today’s modern multi-sensory festivals have used pulpits like these to provoke and re-examine what’s happening in the world.
This year, we’re challenging designers to create new ideas that envision different ways to listen, to play and engage with each other. To call attention and inspire action.
To ground ourselves and connect with each other. Choose one or any of the programs below in which you can develop new concepts and submit your work.
MADE to be
Over the course of human history, instruments that create sound have been inspired by the times in which they were made: cultural, social, religious, and economic. These tools themselves were constructed with the understanding of the current resources and technology (ie. the first bone flute 40,000 years ago, the first string instrument 3,000 years ago and the first synthesizer, just over 50 years ago). Though musical in sound, many early instruments were originally created for practical or ritualistic use. And as our cultural understanding of music has evolved, so too have the uses for instrument and musical sound alike where composition and performance combine to create a space for entertainment.
Design a product, environment or installation that creates sound using your understanding of current resources and technology that plays and engages with the people who use it.
Alarms have trained humankind to get their attention and to take action. The Ancient Greek philosopher Plato possessed a large water clock meant to announce the beginning of his lectures. A police officer’s whistle means you’re about to be busted. A civil defense siren means an entire population is being warned of impending doom. A doorbell announces you have arrived. A game warns that you will lose if you don’t solve the problem promptly. They can be expressed as sing song, as melody, in a pattern, while still others are annoyingly shrill. What types of new alarms can you create that will draw attention and demand action?
Design a product, environment or installation that creates an alarm. Be sure to state what the alarm is for and what action is needed. Make sure the final design is ready for the public to engage with it.