Viv Corringham, British sound artist and vocalist, has created an audio accompaniment for visitors to listen to as they walk the Gowanus. Visitors borrow a CD player and earphones, pick up a map, and set off, accompanied by the sounds of local residents describing their own Gowanus walks, interspersed with ambient sound and Viv’s improvisational songs.In June, 2011, six people from the Gowanus neighborhood took Corringham on their special Gowanus walks. She recorded their conversation during the walk, then went back along the same route alone and remembered the walk. She sang what she felt using (mainly) wordless improvisations. The sound piece that resulted integrates singing, conversations and the sounds of the place.
Proteus has three CD players with the recording in them so three visitors can go on the walk together. A lovely activity for an autumn day.