ABOUT

Bike Box was a mobile-media bicycle library and interactive installation initiated in June, 2010 at Devotion Gallery in Brooklyn. Bike Box allowed participants to check out cheap, durable, technology-enhanced bikes and a free open source iPhone application developed especially for this project. As participants pedaled around central Brooklyn, they were able to contribute site-specific audio through the iPhone application Bike Box, as well as listen to a curated collection of geo-specific sounds provided by a variety of local land-use experts, historians, poets, artists, and other interpreters.

PARTICIPANTS

Curated contributions to Bike Box include: John Bennet's contact microphone recordings of audio frequencies emitted by power transformers, electric lights, and air conditioners throughout Brooklyn. Jonny Farrow’s contact mic’d bicycle ride around the gallery neighborhood. Cathleen Grado's field recordings drawn from locations in Ridgewood and Bushwick, focusing on the contrasting sounds of rural and urban environments. Stephanie Gray's ruminations on Saint Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. Jenifer Kaminsky's exploration of the ghosts trapped within the place names of Williamsburg and Greenpont. Joan Linder and Stephanie Rothenberg's "Brooklyn-Beijing-Babel," which overlays the cacophonous sounds of modernizing Beijing onto the gentrifying neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Katherin McInnis' Phantom Highway, which follows the path of the never-built Bushwick Expressway through North Brooklyn, and offers a fragmentary and poetic essay on urban planning. Paul LLoyd Sargent's Hydronym: Erie Basin Meets Erie Basin, which traces the Erie Basin, taking its name from a long history connecting Brooklyn to territories deep within the North American Midwest and ports all over the world. Jack Eichenbaum's 360 degree interpretive audio guide.