We are pleased to present The Ear Hut + Listen Ahead, is a listening station created by Miya Masaoka. The Ear Hut was originally commissioned by Sonic Innovations, a program of the Caramoor Center for Art and Music in Katonah, New York, for composer and sound artist Miya Masaoka and was exhibited there in 2019-2021.
Location: OUTDOOR PLAZA at Building 12 Nolan Park Governors Island
Open to the public weekends from 11 – 5
May 28 – October 31, 2022
Meet the Artist Day: Saturday June 11, 2022
The Ear Hut + Listen Ahead, is a listening station created by Miya Masaoka. The Ear Hut is a listening space, a contemplative space that directs the attention of the viewer towards an awareness of their sense of listening over their sense of sight, and how this shift in emphasis might be experienced in an impactful way. There are Ear-Dows rather than windows that line the walls, and these ear-level openings encourage a listening experience of the mixing of sounds of the interior and exterior, allowing sounds from the outside soundscape to mix with the embedded sounds emanating from hidden loud speakers in the bench. The focus on active listening gently alters the experience for the listener, and encourages a perception and way of being in the world. The public is invited to sit, watch and listen to the active soundscape of the Governors Island waterfront and the embedded compositions coming through the Ear-Dows. The Ear Hut will include several composers and sound artists, and will begin with renowned artist Stephen Vitiello.
Listen Ahead is first encountered through traffic signage whereby the audience begins to imagine, conceptualize and anticipate a space for listening. Positioned on the walkway to Building 12 are 2 Listen Ahead yellow traffic signs that whimsically alert the public for a “listening experience” ahead, and thus the title of the work, Listen Ahead.