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Wave Crossings
Liz Phillips

May 26, 2017 - July 23, 2017


Wave Crossings is a soundscape/landscape created by Liz Phillips. Phillips has been recording sounds and exploring Governor’s Island and its history since 2014. The video in the glass sphere is of fog rising one early morning over Governor’s Island.

During a fog you can hear the foghorns, bell buoys and boat air horns of the New York Harbor. Phillips discovered the sounds first on anold navigation map of Governor’s Island. The other recordings were made close to and under the water’s surface at the Billion Oyster Project’s dock. The telescope at the window picks up light changes from the sky and the moving leaves. In real time Phillips translates the telescope’s view into sound changes that create patterns in the wavetable. Other objects in the room act as filters and tactile speakers. Ultrasonic automatic focuses from cameras across the hallway entrance cause changes in the room’s sound based on the viewer’s presence and motion.
When & where
May 26 - July 23, 2017
Nolan Park, Governors Island
New York

Harvestworks opens Building 7a to the Public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12-5pm
Liz will be there on June 17th, June 24th and July 8 from 3-5pm or by appointment
One of Liz Phillips’s ongoing projects is to make installations based on her observations of different waterscapes. In “Here/Hear: Manhattan is an Island” (2010) Phillips worked with recordings made simultaneously around Manhattan Island. In “Spectral Reservoir” (2011) Phillips recorded the oceans around the Long Island Sound. In “Niagara Sound Composition 1974/2010” Phillips made recordings near Niagara Falls for the first exhibition of Artpark(1974) and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery(2010).

Liz Phillips has been making interactive multi-media installations for the past 40 years, which combine audio and visual art forms with new technologies to create an interactive sound experience. Born in New Jersey in 1951, Phillips received a B.A from Bennington College in 1973. She received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987. Phillips has made and exhibited interactive sound and multimedia installations at numerous art museums, alternative spaces, festivals, and public spaces. These include The Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Walker Art Museum, Ars Electronica, Jacob’s Pillow, The Kitchen, and Creative Time, Stedelijk Museum, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Rene Block Gallery, Frederieke Taylor Gallery. Phillips has also collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and the Cleveland Orchestra, IBM Japan, and the World Financial Center presented her work.




May 26, 2017
July 23, 2017
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Nolan Park
Governors Island
New York, NY 10004 United States
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