The Crown Heights Mic is a broadcast network collaboratively built by neighborhood stakeholders and residents. Through several sound funnels scattered around the neighborhood, we are able to hear the health of our neighborhood through each other's voices. These sound funnels are planted on the side of buildings and strategically mapped in front of the sites we already congregate--schools, religious centers, and libraries. This network creates a safe and anonymous forum that is determined, used, and sustained by those of us present and on the streets.
Our three guiding principles:
Collaboration over an individual producer
Prioritize the voices of audiences that are politically and artistically under-represented
The setting is fundamental to the project
Here is an early prototype of the Crown Heights Mic created during my thesis year (2013-2014) at Parsons. Special thanks to MFADT faculty advisors Marko Tandefelt, Loretta Wolozin, Melanie Crean, and Andrew Zornoza.