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Art July, 1 2011

Swoon’s Musical Architecture for New Orleans

Swoon’s love of New Orleans is well documented. The artist’s latest effort is a fund-raising drive to turn an idea for musical architecture in the Crescent City a reality.  Through Kickstarter, Swoon articulates the plan -

From the salvaged remains of a decrepit Creole Cottage, the Brooklyn-based artist Swoon has re-imagined a permanent, interactive sculpture for the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. We call it the Dithyrambalina.  It will look like a house, but it will function like a musical instrument. A growing group of local and national sound artists are working towards interactive instruments that can be built into its walls and floorboards so that visitors can bring the house to life through their touch. Ultimately, musicians will be invited to play the house, performing orchestrated works at block parties for their friends and neighbors. This project is for the love of New Orleans – its architecture, music, culture and its people.

Swoon has designed the look of house and we have formed coalitions with everyone from architects to salvage suppliers. The next phase of our project is to create instrumentation for the house. This Fall our sound artists will publicly test their prototypes in a temporary installation we are calling The Music Box – A Shantytown Sound Laboratory.

A pledge does more than simply push Swoon’s project forward, at various levels there are some fantastic gifts – including tours of the finished site and at the $3000 level a limited Ice Queen print.

View the prints and the Kickstarter film after the jump.

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