Daniel J Wilson
9Y40: A Performance
March 6-8, 2013
During the Armory Arts Week the project 9Y40 will be exhibited for the first time; an immersive audio experience presented in a New York City taxi that will provide free transportation between the city’s art fairs.
In late 2011 I went through, and documented, the process of becoming a New York City taxi driver. After receiving my license I drove a yellow cab for one month, seven days a week, from 5pm to 5am.
During this time I covertly recorded the conversations of the passengers (among themselves, not with me) who rode in my cab. After a minor legal imbroglio and a placement with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, I took the dozens of hours of recordings and edited them together into a 45-minute audio collage.
The audio work exists as an aural portrait of the city of New York, created from the one venue in the city that cuts through the various age-based, industry-based, income-based strata of the city: the back seat of a yellow cab.
The integrated conversations and comments of these disparate individuals circulate in and out, in a construction of both juxtaposition and accordance, over the span of the composition.
The audio piece will be presented in situ; in the back seat of a New York City yellow cab, which I will drive.
The taxi will be driven in off-duty mode and all rides will be provided free of charge.
Rides will be made available between any of the following fairs: The Armory Show, Volta NY, ADAA Art Show, Fountain Art Fair, Independent, Moving Image, SCOPE New York, and SPRING/BREAK Art Show.
To find the taxi just look for the Richard Nixon-head hood ornament: