Cosmopolis: 49 Waltzes for the World (2013)
Based on 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs by John Cage
Cosmopolis: 49 Waltzes for the World is a global video documentary project based on John Cage’s 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs, a graphic score that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine in 1977. Using chance operations, Cage identified and superimposed 49 multi-colored triangles on the Hagstrom map of New York City, and encouraged participants to go to the apex of each angle and listen to or record the sounds of the city. Utilizing Cage's concept, the Cosmopolis project is a series of video installations developed by filmmakers Roberta Friedman and Daniel Loewenthal. Striking visual and sound portraits taken from the streets of Cairo, Beijing, Graz, Detroit, and New York City reflect urban cultures in transition.
The installation at BAC is designed by Andrew Matusik.