DAVID BOWIE IS Makes U.S. Debut at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, 9/23
CHICAGO, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ On September 23rd, the 'David Bowie Is' exhibition makes its U.S. debut at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The exhibition, meticulously curated by the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, explores the incredibly diverse work of one of the greatest artists of our time. For each of the exhibits, including the MCA exhibit coming to Chicago in September, V&A has partnered with audio specialist Sennheiser to ensure the best possible audio experience for visitors.
'David Bowie Is', which has already been experienced by more than half a million visitors around the world during its recent visits to London, Berlin, Sao Pauloand Toronto, is an artistic and technical marvel that covers the entire expanse of Bowie's luminous career: from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane and beyond. By leveraging Sennheiser's audio expertise, including its guidePORT technology and 3D immersive sound simulation equipment, visitors are left with an unforgettable sound and style experience that explores the very essence of David Bowie. Sennheiser's guidePORT expert Robert Genereux is on site to install and configure the system at MCA.
David Bowie's career is marked by continual re-invention, intellectual depth, musical innovation, striking visual presentation and unwavering artistic integrity. The exhibition takes visitors on a sonic and visual journey, retracing his creativity and influences from all areas of his art using a wealth of material including videos, stage costumes, album covers, stage sets, photographs and of course his music. To develop the exhibit, curators Victoria Broackes (V&A) and Geoffrey Marsh were given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive, consisting of more than 70,000 pieces.
An Unprecedented Marriage of Art and Technology
In preparation for their sonic and visual journey, each museum visitor is given a pair of Sennheiser headphones and a guidePORT receiver enabling them to walk freely into 25 different 'display zones'. Inside a control room behind the scenes, Sennheiser is constantly broadcasting 25 live audio streams through transmitters that are perfectly mapped to the floor plan of the exhibit. Each time a visitor walks towards a different display, the relevant audio stream activates, broadcasting high quality audio through corresponding antennas located nearby. Small trigger units called 'identifiers' located throughout the exhibit are able to recognize the geo-location of each visitor and pick up the appropriate audio stream.