Fanfare for Crossing the Road is an international project that adds ceremony to a common event. In each country I ask musicians - dressed in uniforms and positioned beside the traffic lights - to mimic as closely as possible the digital acoustic crossing sounds (different in every country) that signal the time to cross for the blind.
The first performance took place in London, in front of the Albert Memorial, on May 21, 2011. On September 10, 2011 the project moved to Helsinki where we crossed three different tram lines in front of the Central Railway Station. The third performance, was filmed in Lisbon at the waterfront square, Praça do Comércio, on September 24, 2011. On October 21, 2012 an operatic Fanfare, with 8 acapella singers, was performed in Cardiff as part of the 2012 O:4W festival. The New York Fanfare, on May 12, 2013 at the intersection of 23rd St. and 7th Ave, was the first performance to involve a speaking role and I worked with two speakers and two percussionists. Philadelphia has now joined this ongoing project as musicians on piccolos and speakers performed the crossing at 38th St. and Woodland Walk on September 3, 2015.
New performances will be added as they occur and the shape of the video evolves.
Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, http://www.hippolyte.fi, showed an expanded version of the project in Spring 2012. It was shown in Cardiff as part of the 4th Wall Film Festival, Pedwaredd Wal, in November 2012 and at Plataforma Revólver in Lisbon artecapital.net/plataforma.php in November 2013. It was shown at AC Institute in New York artcurrents.org in May 2014 . It opened at Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia cranearts.com/icebox/ on October 8, 2015.