March 16, 2011
Robbin Zella, Director, Housatonic
Museum of Art
Pittsburgh Artist T Foley Brings “Locally
Toned” to Bridgeport, Connecticut
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Open Ringtone Recording Session: Thursday, March 24, 2011
T. Foley’s cell-phone based work Locally Toned is a
public art/original ringtone creation project. Through it, the artist
captures important or amusing sounds identified by participants, and
turns those sounds into ringtones to be shared with others. All of
the sounds are representative of collaborators’ personal experiences,
environments and/or geographical regions, and are described by Foley
as “tiny audio documentaries that play back over cell phones.”
Foley is invited by the Housatonic Museum of Art to bring Locally
Toned to Bridgeport, where the artist will discuss her project
and collaborate with students and the public to create original ringtones
that reflect the sounds of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and its residents. Locally
Toned is part of the programming for the Housatonic Museum of
Art original exhibition “It’s for you,” Conceptual
Art and the Telephone, which is on view through March 25 in the
Burt Chernow Galleries located at Lafayette Hall.
Since Foley began the project in 2009, her main focus has been on creating
an audio portrait of Pittsburgh (where she lives). Because the project
emphasizes shared creativity over commerce, the tones are distributed
free-of-charge at www.locallytoned.org <http://www.locallytoned.org/> and
via Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). Unlike traditional works of
public art, such as murals and outdoor sculptures, Locally Toned presents
itself elusively, at unexpected times and in unexpected places (when
users receive calls on their cell phones).
Foley will give a public talk about her project on Tuesday, March 22
at 5:00 p.m. and will hold an open recording session on Thursday, March
24, from 3:00-6:00. During the session people are invited to bring
objects, ideas, and sound makers, then work with Foley to record their
own ringtones. Both of these events are open to the public and
will take place in Housatonic Community College’s Lafayette Hall.
A Locally Toned display in the gallery is currently on view
and features locallytoned.org and take-away ringtone art cards that
have special codes allowing visitors to send Pittsburgh tones directly
to their cell phones.
Housatonic Museum of Art is located at the Housatonic Community College.
For more information on the Museum, visit http://www.hcc.commnet.edu/artmuseum/index.html.
For more on the exhibition: http://terricsmithitsforyouartandtelephone.blogspot.com/.
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p.m.; Sun: noon – 4:00 p.m.
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