By Byrd, PNP Director
The Hidden City Philadelphia works to bring people attention to forgotten parts of the city–interesting architecture, murals, historical sites in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.
This summer, they’re having an amazing festival. They brought artists in to work with nine different sites, mostly abandoned, across the city, using the material they found there to create something new and different.
Check out the link above for the radio piece we did on the exhibit and the society, which has an incredible collection of historical artifacts, ranging from epaulettes to doll-sizes circus carriages to butter seals and birds in bell jars.
The artists transcribed these objects into sound, recording coffee grinders and turtleshell fans on audiocassette technology from the 1970s. Each player is hooked up to a central switchboard, so you can control them all from one point in the room, playing and blending the sounds of trolley cars and wax cylinders.
As the festival progresses, the recording technology itself will deteriorate. As the sound itself changes, visitors will be less aware of the sound of cradles, and become more aware of the fact that the recording technology itself is an artifact, though it doesn’t have the same neat, handprinted label dangling from its side.
We couldn’t photograph in the exhibit space itself, but here are some photos DJGV3 took of the first floor of the Historical Society of Frankford, and check out the Hidden City website for a slideshow with more images.
We’ll be showcasing a different exhibit every day in a series of blog posts, so keep reading!
If you’ve been to Hidden City, let us know what you think! firstname.lastname@example.org