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Adorno and Nose
Artwork has been removed.
Adorno and Nose
Adorno and Nose
Adorno and Nose
Adorno and Nose
Adorno and Nose
Adorno and Nose
Adorno and Nose
Adorno and Nose
Adorno and Nose
Adorno and Nose
Ten bus shelters in Vancouver
Inside the poster cabinets
The artwork has been removed from this location.
Civic
2011
paper
Two-dimensional artwork
Removed
City of Vancouver
Celebrate Vancouver 125 - Platforms
Description of work
A new project by the City of Vancouver Public Art program invites the public to whistle - or sing - while they wait at bus stops across Vancouver. Adorno and Nose, a series of ten songs composed and illustrated by Barry Doupé andJames Douglas Whitman, will be installed from August 15 to October 2, 2011 at 10 locations (listed below) and is one of 13 new public art projects commissioned by the City of Vancouver's Public Art Program for Vancouver 125. Each poster consists of a song, notated as standard sheet music, the verse, and a drawn graphic. The songs are loosely structured and poetic and meant to engage those waiting for the bus. Complementing this public exhbition will be a performance of the songs on Saturday, September 3, 8pm at the Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue. Site Address: Water Street: 75 meters east of Cambie Street on the north side West Pender Street: 20 meters east of Hamilton Street south side Dundas Street: 20 metres east of Lakewood on the north side East Broadway: 20 metres west of Slocan on the north side East Hastings: 20 metres west of Victoria on the north side Main Street: 20 metres north of east 57th on the east side McGill Street: 20 metres west of Penticton on the north side Nanaimo Street: 20 metres north of Charles on the east side West 10th Avenue: 30 metres east of Trimble on the south side West 41st Avenue: 28 metres west of Carnarvon on the north side
Artist statement
"The songs are invitations to play and divertissement, whether private, humming or singing to oneself, or performance, singing out loud to friends or strangers. …People will be surprised, will wonder what they're for. Since the greater part of music in public space is being used to sell things, whether through store ambiance or radio ads, what participation we are allowed is as passive consumers. As artists, we are interested in the kinds of specific attention that happens when music is lifted out of these economies. The songs are simple melodies in the key of C. The basic musical training required to sight read the songs belongs to anyone who has gone through the high school band program, junior piano classes or been an avid reader of Guitar World magazine. The songs should be accessible to a large, if not very often addressed, audience. In a way these songs harken back to an earlier mode of music distribution, that of 19th century parlour music, sheet music meant to be sung at home with a piano."
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