Spring 2020 Visual Artist Resident
How do we construct/situate our selfhoods with/in sound and space? What role does listening have in our senses of being and belonging? How do audio technologies factor into our listening practices?
I seek to reveal and reframe the habits of attention that inform our processes of auto-echolocation in pursuit of answers to these questions.
Tell us about your BCA artist residency project.
Meteorologists forecast weather events by monitoring water vapor in certain atmospheric spectra bands. In the global climate crisis, forecasting extreme weather has become a matter of life and death.
In March 2019, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auctioned off the 24 GHz spectrum band for 5G telecommunications. The auction process, called “Spectrum Frontiers,” collected nearly $2 billion in bids.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) warn that use of the 24GHz spectrum for 5G will significantly reduce the quality of the water vapor monitoring transmissions used for hurricane track forecasts. Acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs testified before congress that the 5G usage limits set around the 24 GHz spectrum “would degrade the forecast skill by up to 30%…This would result in the reduction of hurricane track forecasts’ lead time by roughly two to three days.”
In August 2019, Verizon Wireless installed a 5G tower at the corner of Tremont and Waltham streets in front of Boston Center for the Arts (BCA). Siren is a sonic installation which downconverts local 5G spectra into the audible range and mixes it with the sounds of hurricane sirens in real time.
Photo by Carl Schmidt