Joel Ong & Robert Blatt

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much is an absurdist performance where the artist becomes an auditory conduit for the soundscapes of Manhattan. Through a host of wearable electronics and performative gestures, the artist scrolls through the street as text, picking up and tuning in to electromagnetic fluctuations that he mixes into a clairaudient sonic narrative. It is a performance, a walk, a lecture and a sound intervention locating, revealing and amplifying the hidden, invisible and inaudible pollution of the urban environment, thereby affirming the act of listening as an politically active process and the street as an open and free performative space.


October 10 – 12

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2-12 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12, from 11am-12pm and 3-4pm. Moving along 14th Street from the New School at the intersection of 14th Street and Fifth Avenue, towards the High Line at 14th Street and the Hudson River and back.

This project is a continuation of research conducted at the Centre for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, DXARTS in Seattle, WA.  The project is supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore, Singapore International Foundation, and also features the Detektor, a project by Martin Howse and Shintaro Miyazaki.