October 15, 2006

The DeCordova - Lincoln, MA (Museum Tour)

WHEN: Sunday, October 15th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
WHERE: The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park - 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA
WHAT: The DeCordova is practically in my back yard, and is a fantastic contemporary art museum, so I was quite hell-bent on having it be part of the tour. Thankfully, they were quite obliging. It will be nice to not have to travel too far for this one...

    - If this booth was a work of art, what would you call it?
    - Do you consider yourself an artist?



Number of voices recorded: 41
Reading sheets used: 23
Weather: crisper than a fresh macoun
Level of success: high, despite another slow start
Records broken: shortest distance traveled AND most people in the booth who didn't know each other
Photos: Check them out

We had to make a big decision immediately upon arriving at the museum: shady and cold, hopefully moving towards sunny and warm; or sunny and crisp with the fear of afternoon shade. We went for the immediate gratification of the warm sun and given the fact that it clouded over later in the day anyway, we definitely made the right call.

One of the reasons that I really enjoy BYOV events is that I get to meet lots of different people. What I have also found - which I find incredibly cool - is that sometimes different people who are waiting to participate, or who have just participated begin to chat with each other and connect somehow over the shared experience of BYOV. And then I put their voices together in music so they can hang out more.
At DeCordova this notion was taken further than ever before when four kids, only two of whom knew each other, actually got in the booth together to record. It's pretty tight in there to be with people you don't know! I love how kids can be so uninhibited; I can't imagine this scenario would ever happen with adults...

Thank you to Corey and Lynn for being our gracious hosts and to the DeCordova Cafe who comped us a blackened tofu (I'm not kidding!) sandwich which otherwise would have been dramatically beyond our means...

As usual, click below to access some representative audio clips:

opening a connection

pre is much better than post

ha ha ha

a bit off script

questions and directions

art vs. war

laughing is allowed


my precious

that's a great name

I really hope this isn't true

my grand-daughter makes me happy

concensus building

art is just

your guess is as good as mine...

Posted by halsey at October 15, 2006 03:50 PM


It was lovely to meet you and your friend. My nephews, neice, daughter & I had a lot of fun (We're in a group picture posted here - I have on a blue sweatshirt.)

When my daughter (who spends a lot of her time drawing people, insides of buildings, and building structures) said the words "under the covers," I was quite moved, as it seemed both fitting and poetic. I had forgotten about it until now. Our family is going through a difficult time, and receiving this email is a a real boost. Art is not all political. It can be meaningful in innumerable ways, some of which are impossible to express verbally.

Your work is innovative and inherently current.

Thank you.

Posted by: Emily at October 24, 2006 05:57 PM
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