[Unrelated photo: a port-a-potty-based public address system at the MACBA, Barcelona, 2005.]
A public art project called FOUND SOUND will be featuring works from artists in sound booths ('reconfigured' Port-a-Potties) on sidewalks in public locations throughout Washington, D.C. from Oct 14-Nov 5. Participating artists include Richard Chartier, Joseph Grigely, Alberto Gaitán, Jennie C. Jones, Helmut Kopetzky, Brandon Morse, Robin Rose, and Alex Van Oss. Actor and part-time New Orleans resident Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap, HuffPo) is contributing a piece on Hurricane Katrina, and Calvin Trillin has contributed a poem as well. The press release quotes this from an essay by Nora Halpern at Americans for the Arts:
FOUND SOUND entices the listener to crisscross a city to experience fully this collection of work. As one leaves a destination for anotherówhether by foot, car, bus, or Metroóthe heightened audio awareness encouraged by each piece should continue, like a musical riff, through all the spaces in between.
Thatís great and all, but in most of the places where these will be, 'heightened audio awareness' might not be a good thing. Downtown D.C.ís not known for its street life ó but we have plenty of nice, loud traffic and construction. Maybe they should make a podcast available for walking in between. Local galleries including Fusebox, Conner Contemporary Art, the Goethe Institute, and DCAC are collaborating. No map seems to be available yet but weíll link when it turns up online. No word on whether any of the port-a-potties will be performing their originally intended public service as well, but consider it highly unlikely. [blogged by Tim on shey.net]