This is an in-the-field recording with Tom Wexler and Kit Monkman, UK based media artists who together form KMA. Their work has been featured in public spaces across Europe and as far as Macau, China. Congregation, an interactive light installation currently on display in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh, is KMA's debut work in North America. Open to the public every weekday from dusk until 10PM and every weekend from dusk until midnight, Congregation is an experience that will only be available to you from the date of this recording until March 16th—so be sure to check this out!
I was invited by the very kind folks at the Office of Public Art and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to a little informal happy hour gathering and to check out the piece in action. Of course, on the way there I decided to turn on the recorder on my iPhone thinking the least I would do is record my own experience with the piece. I was delighted that the event was informal enough and the artists of KMA were so very kind that I managed to get in some chat time with both Tom Wexler and Kit Monkman to discuss the ins and outs of the piece.
Reminder: An in-the-field recording comes with environmental noise and this one includes the sound of a crane being operated in the background. If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen!
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Funding for the Market Square Public Art Program has been generously provided by The Heinz Endowments, an anonymous source, Colcom Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Local production support for the installation is being provided by Flyspace Productions and the Office of Public Art. (from Market Square Public Art Website)
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