JUNGLE-IZED: A Conversation with Nature

Soundwalk Collective

On April 1, 2016 Soundwalk Collective and Times Square Arts will presented JUNGLE-IZED, a month-long interactive multi-sensory art installation that transformed Times Square, transporting close to a half a million visitors daily to the heart of the Amazon. Presented in collaboration with David de Rothschild, and in partnership with The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC), Times Square Arts, Audio-Technica, and CXA+ART, this immersive installation included a participatory audio experience and an interactive video to encourage a conversation with nature and to heighten awareness of the environmental impact of climate change.

As part of the Times Square Arts’ At the Crossroads program, which includes installations and performances on the public plazas of Times Square, visitors were invited to take self-guided audio tours of the Amazon by downloading the JUNGLE-IZED mobile app. From noon to midnight throughout April 2016, visitors could also borrow a pair of premium Audio-Technica headphones from the official JUNGLE-IZED kiosk to begin the journey through a virtual soundscape that superimposed the Amazon ecosystem upon an eight-square block area of Times Square.

Available through the JUNGLE-IZED mobile app, the virtual soundscape was composed by Soundwalk Collective and recorded by internationally acclaimed sound artist Francisco López. As visitors walked throughout Times Square, the voices of Shipibo shamans and narration by Amazon experts Jeremy Narby and Daniel Pinchbeck guided them along a jungle tour and into a conversation with nature. The use of Audio-Technica headphones provided an end-to-end experience, ensuring that none of the Amazon’s auditory brilliance was lost along the way.

To learn more about the JUNGLE-IZED Midnight Moment, visit here.

For more about JUNGLE-IZED, visit www.jungle-ized.com.

Download the JUNGLE-IZED or JUNGLE-IZED LITE App on the App Store and Google Play.

Photographs courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.