Listen Ahead (2019)
Listen Ahead is first encountered through traffic signage whereby the audience begins to imagine, conceptualize and anticipate a space for listening. “Ear Hut,” is a structure that privileges the sense of listening over sight — there are ear-level openings in the walls allowing sounds from the outside environment to the inside. A fluidity of the interior/exterior carry meaning beyond the walls, and can be contemplated upon as the listeners rest on benches. These natural exterior sounds combine with the evocative sounds inside the hut to create a unique sound composition and experience specific to the Caramoor.
Miya Masaoka is a composer and sound artist who creates works involving perception, temporality and interaction between objects, people and nature. She is an early practitioner of using the biological world for creating sound, including tracking the movement of insects, collecting data from the body and the response of plants. Her work has been shown at the Venice Bienale, MoMA PS1, Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the ICA Philadelphia. She is the Park Avenue Armory Studio Artist for 2019.