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“What Should a Museum Sound Like?”

Live Performance
Duration: 56:00minutes
2010
Whitney Museum of America Art

“What Should A Museum Sound Like?” was performed live as part of the performance series “Live on 5 Songs”, staged on Martin Kersels’s “5 Songs” as part of the 2010 Whitney Biennial. There were two performances held on April 23, 2010 at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.

“What Should a Museum Sound Like?” is a site-specific work that involves a text written in 1963 by Marcel Breuer, the architect for the Whitney Museum. A voice actor was hired to record the text, describing Breuer’s vision for the Whitney. The floor plans and elevation drawings of the Whitney Museum were then translated into a series of composed sounds using MetaSynth, a composition and sound design program that can translate images into sound. The voice and floor plan sounds are presented utilizing the speakers in the Martin Kersels installation, as well as a digitally modeled speaker cabinet in the form of the Whitney Museum’s building. The composition progresses through eight sections continually integrating and breaking down the voice with the sounds generated by the floor plans. Sections five and six incorporate music samples and dance.