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  • Halsey Burgund | presentation
    8 2012 I had the honor of giving a presentation at the Archives of American Art as a sort of wrap up of my time at Smithsonian I talked a bunch about my work in general using some examples like Ocean Voices and Voices Without Faces Voices Without Races And then I talked about my hopes for a future exhibit at Smithsonian more info in this previous post I recorded the talk and the subsequent question answer period for those who may be interested Audio MP3 Audio MP3 And for the really committed among you here is a pdf of the Keynote slides Share Tweet Ongoing Projects aesthetic evidence Bring Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk Through Deep Time A walk through 4 57 billion years of the earth s history layering ideas from across philosophy science and culture and inviting you to share your own sense of wonder ROUND Cambridge A new piece of public sound art created from personal responses to existing public art and the city of Cambridge MA itself Music for Journaling A participatory audio composition about sharing ideas and creating a critical community focused on public art and its role in society

    Original URL path: http://halseyburgund.com/2012/2012/02/presentation/ (2016-04-27)
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  • Halsey Burgund | almost over
    this research stage I know that I will be back probably quite a lot Things are progressing for a potential future exhibit and if that happens there will be many more trips Here s a not so pretty picture of what I am thinking for the exhibit blue buildings Smithsonian art museums whose archives I will be using in the exhibit gray circles different sections of the location based musical composition orange dots archival artist voice recordings red dots present day participant recordings I included this diagram in a presentation I gave at the Archives of American Art today which attempted to wrap up what I have done with my time here It was a really useful exercise to take a step back and assess and try to put it all into a few Keynote slides I feel like I have just begun something very exciting and potentially far reaching and influential in my career let s hope I m right Share Tweet One Response to almost over presentation Halsey Burgund says February 8 2012 at 12 09 pm almost over Ocean Advocacy Ongoing Projects aesthetic evidence Bring Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk Through Deep Time

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  • Halsey Burgund | integration
    than anything else but since my work always comes from the site specific inputs and raw materials I collect or am presented with I am excited to think about how such connections could influence the aesthetic content of the piece I really like the idea of my piece filling the spaces between the museums with something that is both new and old is always evolving and is directly related to the Smithsonian its history and how that relates to the present day By connecting my piece however obtusely to something happening concurrently inside a museum that participants can visit and experience as well I think that the piece would become not only an experience in and of itself but also something that encourages other related experiences My work is all about integrating people and places into a collective experience and if I can make use of and connect to things that actually exist in the real world this can be a very mutually beneficial situation I am extremely wary of anything I do turning into an overtly educational or functional piece as my goals are obviously to create new artwork first and foremost I ll need to be really careful as to how these connections to exhibits are communicated or else I won t be helping my cause I have a hard enough time already telling people time and time again no this isn t an audio tour but typically as soon as someone starts to experience my work they realize it is way too random to be intended as primarily educational which will hopefully enable them to get a bit lost and let the audio help them explore It s never really about paying attention for me It s much more about letting things wash over you and through

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  • Halsey Burgund | first of last
    Gallery and National Museum of African Art and am continuing to meet new interesting people and uncover more and more pockets of audio recordings of artist voices which is very exciting I am still very much not looking forward to getting legal clearance to use all of the recordings I want to use but it seems as though this is going to be unavoidable Thankfully there are some SI museums that have gone to the trouble to put their audio and video assets up online so their public availability makes things simpler but other museums don t even have their archives digitized so that s another challenge altogether This new approach of using voices recorded by other people for different purposes is very interesting as it opens up so many more possibilities for my work but I wish I had an intern assistant lawyer to help Maybe some day OK back to culling through the 306 audio recordings available in the Hirshhorn archives Share Tweet Ongoing Projects aesthetic evidence Bring Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk Through Deep Time A walk through 4 57 billion years of the earth s history layering ideas from across philosophy science

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  • Halsey Burgund | on the road
    expect this beltway snow Yes those are snowflakes in my headlights We ve gotten basically no snow all season in Boston and I drive to DC in hopes of avoiding some of winter only to be met by so much snow that flights out of Dulles were cancelled Granted it only takes an inch for this to happen down here I was able to listen to a bunch of RadioLab podcasts which were very interesting and did wonders for passing the monotony en route I never am able to remember all the details but the show they did on memory ha ha was fascinating I knew that memories were malleable things and consequently not very reliable but I was amazed to learn that apparently not only do they change over time but the rate of change and or degradation from the truth is directly proportional to the number of times that a particular memory is accessed Kind of like analog tape where the more times you play your Pink Floyd cassettes the more they wear down and sound worse This is totally counter intuitive to me because you would think that the memories you access a lot have less of a chance to stagnate and be forgotten But apparently this is incorrect because the current thinking is that each time a memory is accessed it is actually re created In other words the neurons re form and re make the memory erasing the original and replacing it with the new version So this erasing and replacing process provides an opportunity for change and there is no permanently saved version that we can refer back to No online backup yet The most pure or perhaps accurate memories are the ones the least frequently recalled so an amnesiac has the best memory

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  • Halsey Burgund | last of first
    accessible and am feeling glad that I have broken my fellowship up into two sections This first month has been all about getting my bearings straight meeting different people doing some initial listening to archives and basically absorbing as much as possible in this short period of time But as I start to clarify my research a bit more on potential future projects I imagine I ll be able to spend my next month here in a more focussed way It ll be good to take a step back and really think about what might be possible and how things can move ahead so that I can prepare for my second trip and hit the ground running as they say Before I got down here I had all these romantic ideas about searching around in some long lost secret vaulted ceiling basement space and coming across ancient audio recordings on some unheard of format dusting them off literally and finding them infinitely inspiring for a new piece Of course this sounds ridiculous but I can t help it Clearly the more practical side of me knew this wasn t actually going to be the case but that was the level of inexperience ignorance with which I arrived here at SI But I like ignorance and have been pretty adept at it in some past projects I am much less ignorant of many things SI now mainly the acronyms but taking the broad and un focussed initial pass at my research is already proving to be beneficial I have this FREE TACO card here on my desk expires before I return and I m getting Thai food today who wants it Share Tweet Ongoing Projects aesthetic evidence Bring Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk Through Deep Time A

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  • Halsey Burgund | spiders
    Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk Through Deep Time A walk through 4 57 billion years of the earth s history layering ideas from across philosophy science and culture and inviting you to share your own sense of wonder ROUND Cambridge A new piece of public sound art created from personal responses to existing public art and the city of Cambridge MA itself Music for Journaling A

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  • Halsey Burgund | ArtLab+
    that can be used effectively by its developers vs a software platform that can be easily learned and used by people who know nothing about it ahead of time Things like better web interfaces more exposure of design parameters and visual methods of setting up and configuring RW for a particular soundscape installation are all desperately needed but I can t really make a huge dent in this without funding I m hoping that because we have made Roundware open source and are starting to use it for more projects beyond my own audio installations that support to build it out further will continue to come in Smithsonian is already making a large investment in supporting my team in building iOS and Android libraries and I have been getting interest from a bunch of other groups at SI who want to use RW so I have high hopes that collectively these interested parties can fund developments that will benefit them all me and everyone else It sounds a bit ridiculously utopian but this is the amazing aspect of open source community developed software ArtLab Soundscapes workshop participants The workshop was a really exciting way to get more of a glimpse of how RW could be used as an educational tool The teens we had participating really enjoyed themselves and I think we even tricked them into learning some stuff without them realizing They got experience with GarageBand to create some music and then spent a lot of time outside in the sculpture garden looking at and talking about the sculptures Sure there was limited informed intellectual discussion about the works of art but to me that type of looking and thinking is over rated They used their imaginations to make the sculptures relevant to them personally and really opened their

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