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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.


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section.