Listening Gallery


During its 3.5-year-run Listening Gallery transformed
ArtCenter’s facade into an instrument that articulated
sound art 24/7—offering countless “audible moments of zen”
to millions of unsuspecting Lincoln Road visitors

sound emanates from under the awnings
when does it become art?
the moment of conception?
upon first hearing?
when suddenly it hits us?


Listening Gallery became South Florida’s first multichannel
sound art lab for the creative engagement of acoustical public space.

A legacy project conceived by Gustavo Matamoros and
managed by SFCA [isaw+subtropics],
LG operated year-round in the heart of Miami Beach
at the corner of Meridian and Lincoln Road,
enveloping the facade under the awnings of ArtCenter / South Florida

It was the audio equivalent of street art.
It played nonstop, exposing millions annually to the experience of sound art.
Composers and sound artists collaborated
to design new pieces for it during
iSAW residencies hosted at our Audiotheque Studio

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The idea began in 2009
when ArtCenter commission sound artist Gustavo Matamoros
to create an original sound installation for its building’s façade.

Gustavo’s idea 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 [] to manage the installation
and administer the operation of the project under the direction of the artist.

Listening Gallery operated without interruptions from
November 5, 2011 through May 2015

Listening Gallery was established
thanks to generous support from the following  public and private sources:

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council
the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture
Miami-Dade County Mayor, the Board of County Commissioners
and the Cultural Affairs Department
as well as
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