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Letter to the Public

  • Icebox Project Space 1400 North American Street Philadelphia, PA 19122 United States (map)

Letter to the Public

January 10-26th

Opening reception January 10th, 6-9pm

Five years ago after the new years, we asked several artists to sit down with someone for dinner, record what they ate, and make a written prediction for the coming year. Every January since, we have continued collecting predictions, publishing them in free booklets. Last year we explored how the predictions were documented by focusing on the act of listening with an exhibition called Sound Affect, which converted the Icebox into a recording studio.

This coming year’s exhibition Letter to the Public will focus on the intersection of language, text, and sound. A 50 foot ramp puts a single audience member in the middle of the Icebox, and in front of a microphone transcribing every word spoken into a real-time projection. Every word becomes pixels of light in a darkened room as the audience below matches sound to text. Letters to the Public will be open to the public for the month of January, recorded, and shared. Here is a link to last year's recordings, Sound Affect:

Earlier Event: January 10
Closing: Enter Linger Exit
Later Event: January 10
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