This project presented audio oral histories about North Brooklyn through listening stations situated in construction fences and on the street. This created serendipitous encounters for passers-by, inviting them to engage with neighborhood’s history while standing at sites of its developing future. Starting in the fall of 2010, Yulman and the The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) reached out to community members, including long term residents, business owners and leaders, from Williamsburg and Greenpoint to record their stories about the neighborhood.
We will feature selected recordings, ranging from family immigration stories to accounts of the 1975 sit-in at the People’s Firehouse. From July through September, the project was installed at sites throughout Williamsburg, including the McCarren Park Pool and the Triangle Court construction site, a few blocks away from UnionDocs. This event marks the closing of Yulman’s public sound installation and oral history project.
This project is sponsored in part by funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council. The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn provided additional support.[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/26142270[/vimeo] Latest tracks by No_Bills
Nick Yulman works with sound and interactive media in a variety of contexts including musical installations, oral history interviews, field recordings and pop songs. He has shown and performed his work at venues in New York and beyond including the ISE Cultural foundation, Smack Mellon, Flux Factory, The Museum of the Moving Image, the Coney Island Museum and Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art. Professionally, Yulman spent five years working with the national oral history project StoryCorps, traveling the United States recording interviews, managing the organization’s Recording and Archive department and consulting on a variety of projects. He is currently a student at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program.
nbART (The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition) was formed in 2009 by a group of artists, arts administrators and community members. nbART is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to collaborating with artists and community stakeholders in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick to produce, present, and support public art. nbART believes that public art plays a vital role in activating space and engaging our neighborhoods, and aims to promote dialogue concerning urban spaces; support artists through local commissions and the provision of resources; and use our voice to advocate on behalf of the North Brooklyn arts community. It is a sponsored project of the arts service nonprofit Fractured Atlas.