Lapse: Leave: Linger, 2015 for Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center, NYC

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In May 2015, Brooklyn-based sound artist and DJ Maria Chavez presented her 56 speaker sound installation Lapse: Leave: Linger, 2015 in Cary Hall at the DiMenna Center in NYC.

 

The isolation of individual rooms was an intriguing challenge for the project’s acoustical company, Akustiks, of South Norwalk, Conn., acclaimed for its work in the renovated Severance Hall in Cleveland and the new Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. But it was not the biggest challenge, for the DiMenna building is nestled amid a network of entrance and exit ramps for the Lincoln Tunnel.

The Mary Flagler Cary Hall is a “self-contained box floating on springs and pads within a concrete isolation box. The skylight windows, recessed into the rear ceiling, have two thick layers of glass separated by an air column of three feet or so to block outside noise. The walls and ceiling consist of wooden slats, with gaps to let some of the sound reflect off acoustically calibrated surfaces or, if damping is needed, to let the sound be absorbed by heavy curtains that can be mechanically deployed.

The isolation of Cary Hall was an intriguing challenge for the project’s acoustical company, Akustiks, of South Norwalk, Conn., acclaimed for its work in the renovated Severance Hall in Cleveland and the new Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. ” (

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Chavez used the acoustical properties and 56 speaker placements of Cary Hall to adapt to Maria’s ‘traveling’ sound installation which allows her to choose each speaker to emit sounds throughout a space in different configurations, live.

The sonic movements that played within Cary Hall’s walls also correlated with the glow of behind-the-walls lighting design by renown theater lighting tech duo Burke Brown and Solomon Weisbrod.

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“Working in Cary Hall was a sound artist’s dream,” said Chavez, whose piece was projected through a 56-speaker acoustic enhancement system by ECoustic. “Every detail of the building is top notch and pristine, taking every aspect of sound into account—which is rare.”

Lapse: Leave: Linger has been performed and shown as a site-specific installation for the Van Alen Institute at the Paul Rudolph home 23 Beekman Place and other architecture based organizations in Europe.
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