New York—Transart alum Victoria Estok (MFA 2011) recently debuted the collaborative environmental sound installation TUNNEL under the Riverside Drive Viaduct in Harlem.
Working with members of Columbia University’s Computer Music Center and Sound Arts communities, Estok transformed input from onsite wireless microphones into a mixture of filtered ambient sounds from the viaduct’s surroundings. Visitors exploring the acoustics under the elevated steel roadway were able to add their sounds and voices to the sonic background of traffic from Broadway and Riverside Drive and birds in nearby Riverside Park along with field recordings of the Hudson River lapping against the banks of Beacon, NY.
Victoria Estok is a sound artist whose background in environmental work informs her listening-based practice. Her work seeks to highlight the perception of sound in order to reveal the often emotional environmental undercurrents that influence the everyday. Estok’s investigation of the relationship between listening and perception asks if what one hears can change their perception of what is possible; and, moreover, if what one hears can change their reality. Preferring to work communally, Estok presents her collaborations and public space interventions worldwide. She earned a BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (2007) before earning a MFA from Transart Institute (2011). Estok is a Lecturer in New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York.