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Queens, New York City – The Knockdown Center is pleased to present großer Lauscher. The solo exhibition by artist Alyssa Miserendino will run from July 22 – August 27, 2017 at 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11278, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 22 from 6-9pm.

großer Lauscher (“big Eavesdropper” in German) is a spatial sound installation, exhibited in darkness. The piece was recorded in the main radar dome at Field Station Berlin, a listening station built during the Cold War by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The piece is comprised of five narrators from five different continents reciting the story of Echo from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, while the protracted echoes created by the architecture allow visitors to visualize the space where it was recorded.

In an adjacent room, a reading space is created where Miserendino’s research is printed and bound, combining poetry, myth, religion and news. A television broadcasts an interview with Frank Church from 1975, a senator who chaired a U.S. Senate committee to investigate the NSA, CIA, FBI and IRS.

This project is supported by corporate sponsorship from ARUP and Genelec. Additional support has been provided by an Ella Foundation Pratt Emerging Artists Grant, From the Durham Arts Council, with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resource + a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

In order to curate an experience driven solely by sound, the unique acoustic signature of the main radar dome at the Field Station Berlin called for a playful interpretation and immersive implementation through sound design. The performance was recorded in a multichannel audio format in Berlin by Alyssa Miserendino with technical support from Arup. In close collaboration with the artist the audio was then processed, spatialized, and rendered into the final piece by Arup acoustic designers using the proprietary 3D audio technology of the Arup SoundLab®. Arup concurrently designed a spatial sound system to render the piece and provided acoustic consulting expertise for the exhibition space, optimizing the patron aural experience.

Executive producer: Ryan Biziorek, Arup

Experience design, audiovisual systems design, sound design, programming and production: Léonard Roussel, Arup

Alyssa Miserendino (born in Fox Point, Wisconsin) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in North Carolina. Her work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of an investigative journalism grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, a TED speaker, and educator at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Her work is included in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Northwestern University Library and Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information please contact Alexis Wilkinson at or 347-915-5615. The Knockdown Center is open Thursday – Sunday.

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