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[teacherartexchange] "Folksongs" - Lower East Side New York - sounds of culture

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From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Mar 17 2006 - 10:26:46 PST


Dear Art Educators,

Some of you might be able to use this site in your teaching... Good
representation of sounds of New York City culture (Lower East Side).
This was listed in the Scout Report - posted here with permission.

2. Folksongs for the Five Points [Macromedia Flash Reader]
http://www.tenement.org/folksongs/

Recently, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum invited digital artists to
create works that explore contemporary immigrant experiences in New York
City. With the kind assistance of the Institute for Museum and Library
Services (along with the J.M. Kaplan Fund), this rather remarkable
multimedia collection allows visitors to explore this very vibrant and
diverse community through sounds, text, and language. Upon entering the
site, visitors are presented with a visual representation of the Lower East
Side, overlaid with a series of dots. Each dot represents a different audio
sample recorded at that particular location, such as the sound of steam
coming up through a manhole cover or a seafood salesman at work. Visitors
can toggle these sounds on and off as they see fit, and even create their
own "mix" of sounds, if they so desire. In terms of both understanding the
culture of urban neighborhoods and interrogating notions of immigration and
"belonging", this website is a tremendous success and may serve as a model
for others who wish to follow in this direction. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.
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