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Culture Tap by New American Public Art

public art residency

August 30 - October 18, 2013

Boston Center for the Arts Plaza
539 Tremont Street | Boston, MA 02116

Listen to audio interviews collected by Dan Sternof Beyer and Bevan Weissman for Culture Tap.

Culture Tap is a pair of interactive kiosks that celebrate the South End’s culture and history, activated by a Charlie Card (no charge required). Created by Dan Sternof Beyer and Bevan Weissman, members of the artist collective New American Public Art, the kiosks integrate audio clips of oral tradition, data collection and environmental lighting for a holistic approach to placemaking, quantitative metrics and local Boston pride. Since each Charlie Card has a unique RFID number (radio-frequency identification), different cards play different stories and activate different lighting combinations at each kiosk.

Stories by Day: Swiping a Charlie Card during daylight hours plays an audio story relevant to the locality—a historical anecdote, a tale of a man who met his wife at the nearby bus stop, or any number of diverse community-based oral histories depending on the specific RFID number.

Lights By Night: After sunset a Charlie Card swipe activates environmental lighting near the kiosk, which may illuminate the surrounding architecture, foliage, or sidewalk. Swipes with different cards change the target or the color of the lights, depending on the specific RFID number.

Culture Tap is made possible through the generous support of Eastern Bank, Brewery Ommegang, the Boston Cultural Council and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, with special thanks to the Boston Art Commission.

Read about Culture Tap in this Boston Magazine feature

Watch a video of Culture Tap in action

Read the full press release


We are grateful to the Joan Mitchell Foundation for their support.

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