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Common Room: The Piped Music Tour

  • Kmart 10 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN, 55408 United States (map)

The Piped Music Tour | Wednesday, August 15

Meet outside Kmart, 10 W. Lake Street, 6:30pm
Walking tour.

While in public spaces, we are surrounded by audio speakers piping in music. From a Pandora station in a coffee shop to advertisements at a gas station pump to classical music in a public transit facility meant to discourage loitering, music can have a calming or agitating effect. Where does it all come from? On a walking tour, we'll take inventory of recorded music we hear in public spaces, how that experience has changed in the recent past, and learn about Muzak, privatization, algorithms, the decline of terrestrial radio, and more. 

The Soap Factory continues its ongoing site-specific public program, Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, welcoming back Common Room for its 10th iteration of artist-led tours through the Twin Cities. Through August, themed tours will take place every Wednesday evening. Common Room topics provide a focus through which to explore multiple facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, sacred spaces, islands and more. The tours this year include The Casino Tour, The Piped Music Tour, The Bathroom Tour, and The Mobile Dance Party Tour to celebrate Common Room’s Tenth Anniversary.

Andy Sturdevant is an artist and writer living in Minneapolis. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, and he has exhibited his art projects at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere.

Sergio Vucci is a Minneapolis-based artist. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his work focuses primarily on engaging his surroundings outside of gallery spaces and on relational interactions, co-authoring ephemeral creative experiences with participants in response to place.

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, the Soap Factory’s ongoing site-specific public program. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Earlier Event: August 8
Common Room: The Casino Tour
Later Event: August 22
Common Room: The Bathroom Tour