Boston Cyberarts Festival

Where I'm From... is an interactive sound installation (created for the 2011 Boston CyberArts Festival) featuring the voices of over 40 high school students speaking about their neighborhoods, and the psychic effects of growing up in an urban environment. The installation is activated by visitors’ movements through the gallery, which trigger ambient sounds and story fragments from surrounding speakers. Filling the Urbano Project's Jamaica Plain gallery (urbanoproject.org), Where I'm From... uses motion-tracking software, allowing multiple visitors to activate the piece by moving and playing within the space. Users experience a non-linear, overlapping web of sounds, details of which emerge as they move slowly or quickly around the gallery. Participants are rewarded for longer immersion in the installation by an evolving story, revealed over time, featuring voices of young people and ambient sounds collected from sites around the city. The dynamic sound environment of Where I'm From... provides urban teens, who often feel that their voices are not heard or heeded by adult policymakers, to speak powerfully together about their diverse experiences of the city of Boston. Where I Live is a collaborative project created in partnership with Urbano’s Teen Curators.

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