Join Judith Sloan, audio and radio producer of collaborative work with Warren Lehrer, of Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a new America. Sloan will Share audio excerpts and some of the stories behind the stories.
At a time when immigration issues and policy are being hotly debated throughout the country and the globe, Sloan comes to UnionDocs to focus on Ethics and Politics in Oral History and issues facing documentary work with refugees and immigrants in the current political climate. She’ll draw from audio and radio pieces from Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, a multimedia project (book, audio cd, exhibition, interactive website and exhibition) created in collaboration with visual artist, writer, photographer and designer Warren Lehrer.
Crossing the BLVD shares the stories, sounds, and images that reveal the human toll of a cold- and post-cold war-world, and pre- and post-9/11 world and forms a portrait of a paradoxical and ever-shifting America. Sloan shares excerpts culled from over two dozen Crossing audio compositions and radio documentaries that blur the boundaries between music and speech, journalism and expressionism, tradition and the avant-garde. Sloan will also share stories that reveal the impact the project has had on the lives of the people who are portrayed and stories that continue through EarSay public events and on the Crossing the BLVD website.
Acknowledgment for Crossing the BLVD Winner, 2004 Brendan Gill Prize, Municipal Art Society of New York Winner, 2003 Innovative Use of Archives Award from the Archivists Roundtable of NY
“Immigrant life in Queens, as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America’s big cities.” The Washington Post
”Crossing the BLVD is a rich…varied listening experience, a demonstration of the way you can explore the world without leaving home. BLVD emphasizes the rhythmic musicality of everyday speech. You hear laughter, sorrow and many moving tales of hardship, flight, splintered families and the difficulties of assimilation. A turbo-driven Eyewitness guide – and riveting first-person testimonies.” The Guardian, London