Soundleak

BroadwayDreams

Broadway
New York, U.S.A.
2008 - Present
Installation / Performance

In collaboration with:
numerous

 

BroadwayDreams

2008, collaborative actions in real/virtual, on-going

“BroadwayDreams” was started as a study of small businesses (99c shops, etc.) scattering through Broadway, Brooklyn. Being aware that Broadway continues through Manhattan, the plan is to continue its investigation through the “spine” of the islands, and expand its focus on general businesses (shops and eateries) and their consumers. Participants are encouraged to document and upload small video clips, photos, and/or audio files, with using various small media capturing devices (digital camera’s photo/movie modes, mobile phones, and/or digital audio recorders, etc.) With either built-in GPS, external GPS data logger, &/or manual ‘address’ documentation, geocoded media files will populate on maps which can be grabbed, mashed, and reused by people who would encounter them in later days, to form various lives, experiences, and landscapes. The project is also aiming to compile as many ‘blinks’ as possible. As we all know, eyes can blink but ears don’t. Photos are considered to be blinks of visual memory. Then, why don’t we pretend as if ears do blink too? (although it is not a requirement. You can determine the length of your blinks freely as long as it would load fairly fast online.) Broadway will be filled up with collective ‘blinks’ including aural moments.

Main map and other media resources are gathered as follows;

BD for mobile page

To be able to read the QR code, you will need to download QR code reader.

- although a lot of links are connected to YouTube which is data-heavy w/o unlimited data plan package w/ your mobile service provider...


Full Screen Map

Map (Originally made on Google My Map titled "Broadway Dreams" which I modified its side panel with Mapchannels.com)

 

Touring the BroadwayDreams' (Brooklyn version) approximate route in the current time:


Compiled video trips (my version): (5 trips uploaded at video.yahoo.com. A few of which are with audio files w/o video, where blank gray background or text of the associated address appears, however, won't move during the section.)

1st trip
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2632609/7729483

2nd trip
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2632628/7729547

3rd trip
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2632695/7729758

4th trip
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2632709/7729780

5th trip
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2632849/7730133
 


Playlists: (of individual video clips uploaded at YouTube.com - all are extremely short - average less than 1 second with some exceptions. The playlists below were assembled with geocode/address information, however, anyone can form any combination - including other YouTube video - as you like.)

840 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5CA874979461298C

99c Consumers, 1799 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BBF0C00E18F1F30D

99c DEAL & Up, 283 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6ACA5CB1795F2D6E

99c OR MORE, Lapon Trading Corp, 1245 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=ADA2B78024E53068

99c Palace, 937 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8778C5C69CD28DA4

99c Savings, 819 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=23675E9AED847D54

99c Shop (name?), 288 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7C0ACAB66B343F43

99c Wonder outside view, 180 Union Ave x Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5ED50D938C33843B

BOMBA 99c, 290 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=547E9B5C4EC650E3

Broadway 99 Cents Plus, 918 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F4BC724BCE7E9313

Brooklyn Two 99c Plus, 1705 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=CFC22F2A546868ED

China City, 1336 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=042E425AABF358BD

China City, 914 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=2A6E59EA1B5AF23A

DOLLAR Traffic, 1177 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BF46B678FBAC22DA

Family Dollar, 1155 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=82E5EE8A2305E549

FAT ALBERT, 774 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C9366BE8277A8AFB

Fortune Place, Inc., 286 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=B6C86D0725399843

GEM, 773 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=924A99FFA093DD77

GO CRAZY LOCO 99c, 281 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=33D2CF7110CC1DF6

Good Friend, 246 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=22AEDDDE8F0B65CA

J4 TEES Discount Plaza 99c Plus, 1065 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=23AAF9B60DFF0D97

Jin Shing Restaurant, 1794-1 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EE69CE2815868213

King's Palace, 1157 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=2BE4944EAE4B03AF

Lucky Chen, 1266 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A0DB741EB6F66924

Mei Wei Kitchen, 1126 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6BEAFF7480D8F9F3

NEW FUN SING restaurant, 689 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7F06B024231B9C48

REF 99c Plus Inc., 1470 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=180C433A8349F530

SAVE DOMINO seen from Broadway, Brooklyn (at Berry)
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6E8262FCAEF9845A

Shang Hai, 824 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=D050A2F1B46F8FBC

Sweet Spring Garden Kitchen, 1567 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=93C23052315A18A1

TK General Merchandise, 250 Broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=78103EF496690203

Value 99c Savings, 380 broadway
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DD3B310C2F035F1E

West end of Broadway, Brooklyn
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F03CC700E1E1C3B2

Williamsburg Bridge seen from Broadway, Brooklyn
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=B1FCFAA26FB96534

Broadway Dreams
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=964A0A02E60591F1
 


Chinese takeout menus: (of all the Chinese takeout restaurants on Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, uploaded at Flickr.com)

Photoset at Flickr - where I uploaded photo images of Chinese takeout restaurants' menus, except one mini video clip which managed its way to the new Flickr video function. Almost all others failed due to the fact that they were 'too short' at less-than-a-second.)
http://flickr.com/photos/oblaat/sets/72157604709462953/
 


Off-shoot project I made out of the 'blink documentations' I shot from BroadwayDreams:

BroadwayDreams for Williams Burroughs’ Nervous System

2010, video 16-in-1 grid in loop (1 cycle in 1’42”)

Notes for Williams Burroughs – Dead Fingers Talk exhibition 2010:

For this particular exhibit, I selected 428 small movie clips I shot with digital cameras documenting blinks of Broadway in Brooklyn, NY. Most of them are a second or less in duration except 3 or 4 files much longer than the rest. Ideally, they are played back on iTunes-like software in playlist with the shuffle-mode, however, no computers available in the present would be able to playback without the slight pauses in between for loading. Accordingly, I made 16 versions of simulation (in randomized orders) resembling the shuffle mode without pauses.

I made different versions available for the curator to decide how they would present the work. It can be played back: 1) individually on separate computer monitors; 2) individually on iPhone-like small devices that can play m4v format; 3) as a 16-in-1 movie file on one computer fast enough to handle the file. As said above, the edits of the 16 files are mere examples of simulations. All the files are available on YouTube and Vimeo although they are in low resolutions.

You are more than welcome to document and add more ‘blinks.’ If you’re going to create and share any files (associated with any Broadway in the world) in the future, please include a tag ‘broadwaydreams’ for your uploads.