Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Site Projects Public Art | Whispering Galleries, an interactive digital artwork

Whispering Galleries comes alive with each new visitor.  

MEET THE ARTISTS! Saturday, April 26, 3-5pm @ NHFPL, 133 Elm St.

Based on the diaries of an anonymous New Haven county shopkeeper from the 1850s, this viewer-activated digital artwork is accessed on a computer screen through a gestural interface – the LEAP motion controller – and experienced in augmented reality.  

Presented in honor of New Haven’s anniversary, and part of Connecticut at Work, a year-long conversation about the past, present and future of work life in Connecticut created by Connecticut Humanities, the artwork will shed light on the history of work environments in New Haven.  

The artists explain: “the voice of the diary sends whispers to the present through a series of erasure poems” and describe “the keeper of the diary” as someone who “worked with his hands: as a woodworker making handles for tools, sawing lumber, and sweeping out the shop; as a violinist making music at intimate gatherings and church occasions; and as a composer, writing pieces for performance at the local school. In daily entries, the author's week is measured out by hand-work.” 

Whispering Galleries will be on view in the branches of the New Haven Free Public Libraries, opening April 26th, 2014, 3-5pm, at Ives Main, 133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT.

Amaranth Borsuk Ph.D. is a scholar and published poet, whose work focuses on textual materiality -- from the surface of the page to the surface of language.  Brad Bouse is a developer interested in the creative applications of code (   Together, the artist team created,Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), a digital pop-up book in augmented reality which has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Site Projects Inc. has been presenting world-class award-winning artworks in New Haven’s public spaces since 2004.  Our exhibitions are free, open and physically accessible to all.  Recent artworks include: Night Rainbow, by Yvette Mattern (2013) Square with four circles, by Felice Varini (2010).  This is Site Projects second collaboration with the New Haven Free Public Library.  For more information, visit:

Connecticut at Work is traveling across the state through December 2014 and features the Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked exhibition, with stops in seven communities, which add local focus with community history exhibits, book and film discussions, author talks, performances and more.  Connecticut at Work is an initiative of Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In the New Haven region, Connecticut at Work is a partnership with New Haven Free Public Library and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.  The Connecticut tour of the The Way We Worked is made possible by Connecticut Humanities and Historic New England.  For a calendar of events and more information,