Stephen Vitiello exhibits "A Bell for Every Minute" in "Soundings" at the MoMA, New York

Aug 10 2013 - Nov 03 2013


11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY




Emerging Fields

For his piece A Bell for Every Minute, Stephen Vitiello recorded a great number of bells from around New York. Here, fifty-nine of them play, one every minute, including the New York Stock Exchange bell, the United Nations Peace Bell, bike bells, bells on cats’ collars, and alarm bells. At the top of the hour they chime together. This work thus consolidates New York City (through fifty-nine of its disparate parts) into a single node of intensity. Like New York City, the bells, in their variety, encompass a great many temperaments.

MoMA’s first major exhibition of sound art presents work by 16 of the most innovative contemporary artists working with sound. While these artists approach sound from a variety of disciplinary angles—the visual arts, architecture, performance, computer programming, and music—they share an interest in working with, rather than against or independent of, material realities and environments. These artistic responses range from architectural interventions, to visualizations of otherwise inaudible sound, to an exploration of how sound ricochets within a gallery, to a range of field recordings—including echolocating bats, abandoned buildings in Chernobyl, 59 bells in New York City, and a sugar factory in Taiwan…

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