about this project


PRIMARILY … a public art listening project artist-driven by Gustavo Matamoros that transforms the facade of ArtCenter/South Florida into a surround sound instrument that broadcasts new works of sound art by Subtropics artists nonstop from under the awnings out to millions of unsuspecting Lincoln Road visitors

SECONDARILY … a showcase for content from iSAW’s Experimental Intermedia Art Collection and Archive, as well as collaborations with ArtCenter/South Florida, New World Symphony (Impromptu), Bass Museum of Art (Temporary-Contemporary), Face2Face Video Lab, and others

The Listening Gallery on Lincoln Road is South Florida’s first multichannel sound art lab for the creative engagement of acoustical public space. You will find it year-round in the heart of Miami Beach at 800-810 Lincoln Road, affixed to the facade under the awnings of Artcenter / South Florida.

The idea began in 2009 as an individual artist commission to Gustavo Matamoros from the ArtCenter. It soon evolved into a community design project with a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, awarded to SFCA [isaw+subtropics.org] for the installation and operation of the project under the direction of the artist.  Since November 5, 2011, Listening Gallery has served over the 7 million people estimated to visit Lincoln Road annually.

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Listening Gallery is operated by SFCA [isaw + subtropics.org] with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, by the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council, by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and by Miami-Dade County Mayor, the Board of County Commissioners and the Cultural Affairs Department, as well as by Sennheiser, manufacturer of state-of-the-art tools for audio professionals. It is also possible with the generous support of our partner organization Artcenter / South Florida
Special Thanks to:
Russell Frehling, David Dunn, Rene Barge, Dennis Scholl, Alberto Ibarguen, Tatiana Hernandez, Stuart Kennedy, Jeremy Chestler, Kristen Thiele, Carol Damian, Merle Weiss, Lilia Garcia, Kim Koven, Eric Rodriguez, Maria Del Valle, Susan Caraballo, Arthur D’Amato, Erica Cañas, Todd Jonas, Gary Farmer, Mary Heaton, Ralph Provisero, Shahreyar Ataie, Charles Recher, Luis Olazabal, Claudia Ariano, Stefanie Reichert, Vanessa Jensen, Francesco Maffei, Dawn Birr, Janice Taracevich, Eric Reese