Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The new installation at MoMA's atrium

is obviously not by richard serra
but you will be forgiven for thinking of him.
think concentric...
a monumental serra work
that you can get lost in
and be in awe of.

now remove the metal,
the serra
if you will.
leave a palimpsest,
an echo,
a mere exhalation
that breathes and billows
from ceiling to floor.

60 feet of floating
transluscent labyrinth:
this, along with hanging recording devices
and microphones,
is carlito carvalhosa's
sum of days
the latest installation in the
atrium at MoMA.

the microphones will record the day's ambient noise and play it back the following day with each day's recording erasing the previous day's. this, in addition to occasional musical performances, will, according to the press release, "constitute an immaterial layering of time - an auditory memory of the accidental noise inherent in everyday experience."

as today was the first day of the exhibition there was no auditory memory - just the hushed murmur of curious museum visitors.

it was dreamy to photograph -
soft and moody, with
the ineffable collaboration of
breeze and sunlight,
people shrouded in blizzardwhite.

but i fear that the months
(it runs until november 14)
will not be kind
to the diaphanous curtain.


  1. Very cool! Thanks for sharing these evocative photos :-)

  2. This is definitely on my list -- close to the top. Thanks for enticing me even more with your amazing visuals.


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