Swings Placed Near Bus Stop Make Music When People Move in Harmony (Video)
Inspired by the popular 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) installation, The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation is a standalone musical installation available for international touring.
HOW IT WORKS
The interactive installation consists of a series of musical swings. When used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation. It’s a game where from the start you need to adjust to the actions of others.
The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. The project offers a new experience in collective music making, available to enliven urban spaces, festivals, special events, and more.
For the past four years, the original 21 Swings installation has attracted millions of fans to the Quartier des spectacles area in Montréal, where every day each swing has swung an average of 8,500 times.
PREMIERE AT GREEN BOX ARTS FESTIVAL
The project premiered this June at the Green Box Arts Festival, in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. Set amidst the mountains, The Swings not only brought participants together but also brought them closer to the astonishing surroundings. We are really excited to see how the musical experience will be transformed from one site to another for upcoming tour dates. Stay tuned to discover the next outing!