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Moogfest

May 2017

I am participating in the 2017 version of Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina with a new piece called Land Marking. This piece is created with long-time collaborator Joe Zobkiw and is designed to enable participants in significant cultural events, such as protests, to capture the moment in real-time and on-site so that it can be archived for future experience and preserved well beyond the event itself.

Moogfest has a Protest Stage this year to explore "how creative technology tools and protest music can be used as instruments for change" and we are honored to take part in the experimentations.

The Land Marking app is available in the App Store and can also be explored, albeit in a less immersive way, on the Land Marking website.

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Codes & Modes

March 2017

I participated in the Codes & Modes symposium at Hunter College which sought to "create an intervention into the uncritical excitement about virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning to establish a space for conversations about long-term socio-cultural and neurobiological impacts."

My involvement included participating in a panel discussion with Niko Koppel of the NYTimes and Jonah Brucker-Cohen of Lehman College/CUNY on "Engaging Communities through Emerging Technology", running a Roundware workshop and exhibiting my piece Radio Right Left.

Big thanks to the organizers for including me. I learned a lot from the other speakers and participants; there is so much going on in the *-reality space right now that is very exciting.

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Take Magazine

February 2017

A thoughtful article by John Adamian in Take Magazine about my work:

HARNESSING THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

"imagine an artist with a fondness for narrative, speech, and ethereal music taking the same positioning technology to make art that is interactive, archival, and personal. Making spectators into contributors and enticing them with the thrill of unlocking and accessing facets of a piece of art by moving through space, while they take in the setting and history and give something back of themselves, gives you a sense of what Burgund is up to."
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Speak for Yourself; Listen to Each Other

January 2017

In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of peace and unity, I am releasing the beta for a new project called Radio Right Left. Please contribute by recording your thoughts and feelings about the future of America and your place in that future.

I have released the project with ZERO voices, so I am putting its success firmly into the hands of the people who are generous enough to contribute their thoughts and feelings. It is an easy process on the website (in the future via apps) and is totally anonymous.

The more diverse a set of contributors and opinions are collected, the more successful the project will be. I am looking forward to the day when there are enough comments that the distribution map is covered with pins and whenever I listen, I hear something new and something with which I disagree or hadn't considered. This is my hope.

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Virtual and Augmented Reality Experiments @ MIT Media Lab

October 2016

As part of my research affiliation with the Media Lab, I have been working with some folks from the Responsive Environments group to bridge the virtual and real worlds. My Bog People project is collecting voices on a cranberry bog in southern Massachusetts and the ResEnv folks have been building a virtual model of the bog that is augmented in real time with data visualized from the myriad of sensors they have installed on-site.

We thought it would be interesting to bring the real-world spoken comments that I have been collecting on-site into this virtual world so that when you explore it, the audio from these voices (represented by little puffy clouds) is heard in place and directionally. The voices really changed the Unity environment by adding the human element, as hoped. And just because we (i.e. they) could, we also added the voices to a HoloLens demo of the bog which was a fascinating view into the potential of mixed reality in our futures.

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Roundware: Rockland @ Camden International Film Festival

September 2016

I gave a talk and set up a demo of Roundware for the interactive Storyforms track at the Camden International Film Festival in Maine which highlights some of the finest documentary films of the past year. The festival corresponded quite conveniently with the full moon and super high tides, so I was able to haul my float and do other boat work in Penobscot Bay in the same trip(!).

I spoke about my work, Roundware and the Roundware:Rockland demo at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland and had a great time checking out all of the other interactive and VR-based pieces exhibited at Storyforms. Thank you to Sean Flynn et al for the invitation to participate.

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From the Mouths of Monkeys on the Greenway

September 2016

From the Mouths of Monkeys is an 8-channel audio installation that combines music and spoken voices. The piece is an exploration of personal belief systems using the Chinese Zodiac - and the Year of the Monkey - as a jumping off point.

The piece was commissioned by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy which is responsible for all public art in the mile and a half long Greenway park that winds through Boston.

I recorded conversations with a dozen people (from 0 to 84 years old) who were born in the year of the monkey and asked them questions about their beliefs and the origins of those beliefs, whether they be zodiac-driven, religious, scientific, etc. The topics ranged from fate vs. self-determination to linearity vs. cycles to life after death and many more.

I then composed a four-part site-specific piece of music which acts as an environment within which the voices are arranged by various criteria, both semantic and aesthetic. The four parts are spaced along a leafy walking path in the Greenway, providing listeners with a journey of sorts as they pass by and through the piece. Every utterance listeners hear - in similarity and difference - comes from the mouth of a “monkey”.

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Faint Earth Murmur @ Harvard

March 2016

A new installation of mine called Faint Earth Murmur opened at Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Special Exhibitions Gallery.

I was commissioned to create an audio installation to accompany a new exhibition on the history of radio called Radio Contact. The exhibition contains some truly incredible examples of historic electric and electronic equipment including all sorts of tube radios, wild antennae and ancient microphones. I view my piece as something that can not only tie together the over 100 objects, but also bring them (back) to life as most are in a non-functioning state at this point.

The gallery is in the Harvard Science Center and it's free, so check it out if you're in the neighborhood.

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Miami Art Week / Art Basel

December 2015

Earlier this month, I debuted a new project in Miami, FL called unreserved. Since it takes inspiration from the Miami Art Week / Art Basel fairs in Miami every December the project opened for these events, but it is ongoing and will continue for the foreseeable future.

unreserved is a location-based contributory audio installation in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami which has a strong tradition of street art. This tradition has, however, taken on a new dynamic due to the transformation of the region during the art fairs. Street walls are now reserved and curated in increasingly restrictive ways, leading to a cultural shift which is not necessarily welcome. With unreserved, I hope to enable locals and visitors alike to leave their audio graffiti in any place and in any way they so choose.

unreserved is a collaboration with and funded by the Fordistas Gallery located in Wynwood which houses the gallery component of the piece. The project has been covered by a few local news outlets:

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The wonderful folks at Fordistas put together this trailer for unreserved.


Listen to an audio excerpt here: