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Artists statements about Digital Sanctuaries


Susie Ibarra

We loved the idea of interacting with the audience in the space and calling upon history of sites, culture, and physical space to bring the public audience an experience that is both of respite, a sanctuary, and also a place to contemplate and explore creatively in a physical and virtual space.

It is an honor to premiere Digital Sanctuaries as a new public digital art in lower Manhattan. The audience will be able to navigate through 12 historical sites , or to mix their own versions of these experiences, post it, or simply choose several sites that they would like to visit.

The model of Digital Sanctuaries is to be able to reimagine this in many cities. With this in mind we are influenced in creating music that is informed both globally and locally. It is our hope to create a soundwalk that allows the public to enter both a physical and virtual space of beauty that combines nature and the city, history and innovation and a place of creativity and contemplation in an aural sanctuary



Roberto Juan Rodriguez

I am interested in how to reach people through music, to enhance their lives, support a healthier and productive life. Digital Sanctuaries is a vehicle to connect people to nature through amidst their working environment. They will have access to this, through technology, where everything else around might often been over saturated and filled multi tasking. Music is the vehicle to connect them to nature in the city, in this setting. To have a place of peace and tranquility. There is a interconnectedness of how human beings can relate to each other through. We build on this concept by using a mobile app for the soundwalk. Technology makes it accessible to connect to a more natural world. A person can be as much a part of a world of beauty and creativity, this is what excites me about it. You can choose right in front of you to move into a virtual meditative space. This is something to be shared with anyone and everyone with Digital Sanctuaries.



Makoto Fujimura

I look forward to creating a collaborative work that seeks to rehumanize spaces through art. Taking advantage of technology that allows visitors to tap into layers of history, experiences and aesthetic patterns, I will create a series of meditative works, both virtual narrative spaces and actual paintings, that reflects upon each sites’ “Ground Zero” experiences. By doing so, we desire to draw upon the realities of the past, but at the same time create a sanctuary experience for the viewer. I will also draw upon the natural inhabitants of the area such as brook trout, oysters, striped bass and migratory birds that used to thrive in lower manhattan, as well as endangered cultures of the Philippines, Japan by using materials that are disappearing from the world. The effect will be akin to the ”Underground Railroad” maps for those seeking sanctuaries.



Shankari Murali

I love the idea of bringing together different demographics, different art forms and different time periods to significantly transform the way in which urban drifters interact with and perceive physical spaces. Digital Sanctuaries does exactly that. It takes advantage of the latest technological affordances to re-connect people with a distant past and it achieves this objective through art and music. Through this project, certain designated spaces within each city become time-travel zones that enable people to connect with the rich cultural histories embedded within the space they are standing in. The art and music draw them deeper into this meditative experience and technology serves as the medium.




Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Open Space and Place Making

July 22nd 6:30pm
South Street Seaport (Corner of Fulton and Front Streets)

A Digital Roadmap Event:
Big Ideas for Smart Cities:  Open Space and Place Making
Hosted by SHoP Architects, Droga5 and Downtown Alliance

Please join us for this public conversation about the role of technology in the public realm, followed by a modular music app walk with Digital Sanctuaries.

Digital Sanctuaries NYC, June 21

June 21, 2014 Digital Sanctuaries, NYC will be leading 3 group music mobile app walks in Lower Manhattan

Free to the Public, Please sign up to reserve for one of the walks

Don’t forgot to bring your headphones!

RSVP forms for 3 different Digital Sanctuaries walks in NYC

Composer & Percussionists: Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez Visual Art: Makoto Fujimura Interaction Design:  Shankari Murali

Download the app here: www.digitalsanctuaries.com

June 21 at 1:00pm at India House
June 21 at 3:00pm at Peter Minuit Plaza
June 21 at 5:00pm at Tear Drop Park

Commissioned by New Music USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program , The MAPFund and presented as part of Make Music New York

Digital Sanctuaries, NYC is an urban music mobile app walk that brings 12 sanctuaries of music to 12 historic sites in Lower Manhattan. Digital Sanctuaries, NYC invites the public to join on a virtual pilgrimage through the built environment of a cityscape, discovering meditative spaces in unexpected places, marked by an ever-changing musical score. As the audience engages with the music in each place, they are encouraged to discover the hidden qualities of the world.


Click Here to Download the Full Digital Sanctuaries Press Release

We are very excited to create a digital public art experience that engages with the dynamic cityspace, and offers interactive music in virtual sanctuaries. We are interested to combine traditional and contemporary forms of music and aural storytelling.” explains renowned composer, improviser and percussionist, Susie Ibarra. Ibarra and awardwinning composer Roberto Juan Rodriguez, both of Electric Kulintang, are thrilled to present a tech launch of their anticipated Digital Sanctuaries, 12 musical compositions within a mobile app soundwalk for Lower Manhattan, NYC.