Is it ever possible to find peace, quiet, and elbow room in a bustling, densely packed city of over 8,000,000 people? The Guggenheim Museum hopes to find out through “stillspotting nyc,” a two-year multidisciplinary project spearheaded by the museum’s Architecture and Urban Studies program. Over the next 24 months, “stillspots” will be identified or created throughout the five boroughs and transformed by various artists, designers, architects and composers into public events, tours and installations.
As part of the project, students in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media department at SVA have created 12 videos that explore the aural, visual, and sociological ecology of New York’s urban landscape. In Kika Espejo’s piece (watch below), the artist escapes the noise of the city within the confines of a revolving door, while Phillip Mansfield examines the concept of solace by turning his lens on smokers.