AUDIOGRAM by Improv Everywhere
October 13–14, 2012
For stillspotting nyc: bronx, the fifth and final edition in the stillspotting nyc series, Charlie Todd and Tyler Walker of Improv Everywhere, along with audiologist Tina Jupiter, present Audiogram, a unique 65-minute interactive audio experience and theatrical group hearing test designed for the South Bronx.
Hearing is often measured with an audiogram, a test in which humans are asked to raise their hand or press a button when detecting a range of tones of specific frequency and intensity. The stillspotting nyc project examines how the effects of urban noise on our hearing can be measured more creatively. For Audiogram, Improv Everywhere—a New York City-based prank collective that creates scenes in public places, along with audiologist Tina Jupiter— unveils a unique interpretation of the conventional audiogram through an experience that connects science with humor and the element of surprise.
Drawing from Improv Everywhere’s Mp3 experiment series, Audiogram combines the format of a live hearing evaluation with ambient sounds from the Joyce Kilmer Park off the Bronx Grand Concourse. Participants will engage with pre-recorded sound downloaded to personal Mp3 players or borrowed iPods. Walking though the park, a narrator will guide listeners through changing perspectives on sounds in the city so that, among the aural bleeps and blips, participants may encounter surprises along their way. By disorienting its test subjects with layers of fiction and reality, Audiogram intends to heighten awareness of the constant noise surrounding people within New York City.
VISITOR INFORMATION, TICKETING, AND DIRECTIONS
Visitors to Audiogram will take part in an interactive group hearing test guided by a pre-recorded audio track transmitted through personal mp3 players and borrowed iPods. Participants begin at a stillspotting nyc kiosk stationed in the lobby of the Bronx Museum of the Arts at 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street in the Bronx, where they receive Audiogram guides and wristbands and walk to nearby Joyce Kilmer Park to start the hearing test.The nearest subway stops to the stillspotting ticket kiosk at the Bronx Museum of the Arts are the D train to 167St/Grand Concourse, 4 train to 161 St/Yankee Stadium, or the Bx1 or Bx2 bus to 161 St and Grand Concourse.
Audiogram will be offered rain or shine on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 at 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, and 4:30 pm. Participants are requested to arrive before their ticketed tour time for check in. A limited number of iPods will be available for rental at the ticketing kiosk and must be reserved when purchasing tickets online.
View a map of the ticket kiosk.
In connection with the project and in order to raise awareness of hearing health, Dr. Tina Jupiter and her team of colleagues and students from St. John’s University will conduct free hearing screenings & questionnaires on-site to stillspotting nyc participants who elect to take part. Results will be collected for research and educational purposes.
stillspotting nyc: bronx for Families
Sunday, October 14, 10:30am
In conjunction with stillspotting nyc’s final edition Audiogram, families are invited to a pre-event orientation at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Prior to the 12 pm performance in nearby Joyce Kilmer Park, the family program will feature improvisational theater activities and refreshments. Recommended for children ages 8 and up. Each adult ticket includes two free child admissions.
Download the free bicycle tour map.
For stillspotting nyc: bronx, the Guggenheim Museum is in collaboration with NYC’s Department of Transportation on a city-wide initiative. As in past editions, visitors wishing to travel by bicycle to Audiogram may take advantage of an additional free self-guided cycling program that highlights issues of silence and noise around the neighborhoods off the Bronx Grand Concourse. A map with suggested bike routes will be available at the ticketing kiosk.
The Guggenheim Museum gratefully acknowledges the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and their Urban Art Program for assistance, as well as DOT’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Group for help with mapping of the Audiogram bike tour in the Bronx.
The Guggenheim also extends thanks to the following community collaborators:
Susan Antonellis AuD
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Dobbs Ferry Marching Cobras
Graduate students of Long Island AuD Consortium
Ianthe Dunn-Murad Sci.D.
Maryrose McInerney Ph.D.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Undergraduate students of St. John’s University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Based in New York, Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places and has executed over one hundred missions, including the legendary Grand Central Freeze and the infamous No Pants Subway Ride. The group’s videos have received over 245 million views online.
Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere, producing, directing, performing, and documenting the group’s work since 2001. He trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York where he taught from 2005 to 2010. He currently performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre with his team “The Curfew.” Todd has given lectures and staged performances at venues, including The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, TED, The River to River Festival, Design Indaba in Cape Town, the InterFilm Festival in Berlin, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and Art Futura in Barcelona. He graduated with a BA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.
Tyler Walker is a composer and electronic musician whose work can be heard online as well as on British and American television. He began working with Improv Everywhere in 2004 when he and Charlie Todd created the first mp3 experiment, an interactive performance piece where attendees simultaneously listened to a track of instructions and music on their portable Mp3 players. Since 2004, there have been nine annual Mp3 experiments in New York City as well as in cities across the world. Walker has created original songs for most of Improv Everywhere’s online videos and released his first full-length album Spacefaring Male in 2010. He studied New Media at Vassar College.
Dr. Jupiter is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at St. John’s University and a faculty member at the Long Island AuD Consortium. Dr. Jupiter holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a NY State licensed audiologist and hearing aid dispenser. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA), as well as the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA). Dr. Jupiter’s research interests include identifying hearing loss in the elderly in a variety of settings using both traditional and electrophysiological procedures.