Brooklyn Bridge

Here’s another in-progress photo montage that express the possible spaces exploration spanning between the early times of Brooklyn Bridge and current condition that involve three different levels of use of spaces; water (perpendicular elements; the east river, under the bridge), air (vertical elements of piers, cable suspenders), and the solid walking ground (horizontal elements of main cables and vehicles tracks). I think it’s best to express this in drawings but I haven’t done a proper drawing/diagrams explaining this. But I did a photo montage just to get some ideas across conceptually.

spaces montage2

And I’m on the way of re-editing the photo montage I showed last Tuesday before NY.

Here’s the answers to Toby’s Questions.

Toby’s Questions

I’ve recently found photos of New York in older days around 1880s that show wire cables all over New York which created this chaotic but somehow in order of the cables system, part of the scenery that connect the poles and houses. For people back then, it may seems crowded or an unpleasant view of New York. But somehow it is interesting how the innovations of exposing cables in older days and now we have most of them hidden or covered, not seen from the skyline. It triggers something in mind but I still not quite if it’s relevant to my museum at the moment. Still need to do more research on that.

Telephone pole line construction in New York, c. 1903 wires over ny 1887

Portfolio pages are on the way.

One thought on “Brooklyn Bridge

  1. The old pictures of New York covered in cables are really great – its interesting to think that the same amount of cabling (probably a lot more!) exists but totally hidden away within the fabric of the city – what would it mean to expose or reveal these communication networks – making the intangible visible in a similar way to the experiments you did with string to show how sound travels.
    You correctly assume that you should draw your site research but still, the photomontage is a good start and is much more developed than the one you showed us previously. The idea of composition becomes interesting – the tangle of wires in the photographs are chaotic but the ordered wires that support and span the bridge are beautiful in the views they frame – both functional and aesthetic. How can you combine order with function when it comes to communication cabling?
    In your answers to the questions, the thing that resonated most with me was when you described your museum as a data transmitter. This is really powerful and if you think back to the museums we visited, its really an essential function of all museums to not just collect objects and define a route to experience them but what about the objects and the fact that they are collected defines a message, theme or overall idea that the museum wishes to communicate? All projects need a title and you should push yourself to define one for your project even if its something that you change later. It sets the tone for the presentation and captures your audience’s imagination – think about a title that unifies your earlier sound experiments with what interests you now with regard to the bridges, cables and communicative strategies.The project will have a very strong material dimension as you start to develop the cable as both a support and communicative element – what do you add to the steel to make it a data transmitter – lots of good leads to develop the project but push yourself to have the site research all drawn and formatted for Tuesday in addition to beginning to define what a museum means to your project – what are you collecting – sounds? communications?, how do you collect them? how are they experienced?
    Not sure if you saw the work of the artist Di Mainstone yet but she played the Brooklyn Bridge as a large scale harp in 2013: and recently did something similar with the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol: – its a really nice video that shows the kit of parts she used to reveal the embedded soundscapes within the bridge – hope its helpful and looking forward to seeing how far you can push the project by Tuesday! (very pleased that you blogged on time and in your category!)

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