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Ranjit Bhatnagar, Singing Room for a Shy Person



David Weinstein interviews Ranjit Bhatnagar, Brooklyn based interactive sound art and installation artist, about his piece titled Singing Room for a Shy Person that he created during his time at Clocktower.

The Singing Room was built with the "Shy Person" in mind, allowing him or her to sing without exposure to the assumed scrutiny of others. In this interview, Bhatnagar explains his background as a "shy person" and its justification for the piece, his upcoming showing at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland, and his autonomous realization of Erik Satie's Vexations. Interspersed throughout the interview are musical clips of visitors to The Singing Room (these 'shy people' remain anonymous, their peace of mind upheld) and is capped with a a looped clip of Satie's Vexations, performed by Bhatnagar's Vexbot.

Bhatnagar's project concluded on May 9th, 2013.
 

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The Clocktower Gallery was founded by the alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After a hiatus as a gallery space (after the Sept. 11, 2001 events nearby), the Clocktower Gallery reinaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of the newly founded Art International Radio (now Clocktower Productions). Clocktower Exhibits is home to interviews with and performances by its exhibitions' participating artists and curators over these many years.

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