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A Counting

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Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice

A voice portrait of major US cities. We invite you to: 

  • experience the NYC edition by watching here or listening at 917-905-6647 – presented by Museum of the City of New York as part of Who We Are .
  • experience the Houston edition by watching here or listening at 281-248-8730 – presented by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as part of Beyond CAMH.
  • (US) participate by calling 844-959-3197 and counting in your native language or texting TRANSCRIBE. 
  • (outside US) participate here.

A Counting was created in response to the US Census which has historically underrepresented and miscounted marginalized communities.

It's accessible to the public as both a generative sound work on the phone and generative video work here. In both versions, phone recorded voice samples of people counting in their languages are remixed into a count to a hundred with a different voice and language for every number.

As a “language acknowledgment” one will always be in a language indigenous to the land of each city, if available. The counts keep repeating and evolving as different voi… View full description

A voice portrait of major US cities. We invite you to: 

  • experience the NYC edition by watching here or listening at 917-905-6647 – presented by Museum of the City of New York as part of Who We Are .
  • experience the Houston edition by watching here or listening at 281-248-8730 – presented by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as part of Beyond CAMH.
  • (US) participate by calling 844-959-3197 and counting in your native language or texting TRANSCRIBE. 
  • (outside US) participate here.

A Counting was created in response to the US Census which has historically underrepresented and miscounted marginalized communities.

It's accessible to the public as both a generative sound work on the phone and generative video work here. In both versions, phone recorded voice samples of people counting in their languages are remixed into a count to a hundred with a different voice and language for every number.

As a “language acknowledgment” one will always be in a language indigenous to the land of each city, if available. The counts keep repeating and evolving as different voices and languages are algorithmically selected every time. In the video version, you see the numbers written in the language’s native script.

We're expanding the series to other cities and looking for institutional partners in each city to host/present, facilitate and/or promote the work. So if you want to hear your city email us at hello@a-counting.us.

Research Topics
#art #data #racial justice