San José Hosts “The Swings – An Exercise in Musical Cooperation” August 4 – October 2, 2016

For Immediate Release                                      
July 18, 2016

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Elisabeth Handler, Public Information Manager

Cell: 408 599-9567; elisabeth.handler@sanjoseca.gov

 

Kerry Adams-Hapner, Director of Cultural Affairs

Phone: 408 793-4333; Kerry.adams-hapner@sanjoseca.gov

 

 

 

Plaza de César Chávez is Last Stop in National Tour and the Only West Coast Appearance

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. – An award-winning, interactive art project combining a physical experience, music, and the creative activation of public spaces will be located in Plaza de César Chávez in downtown San José from August 4 through October 2.

“The Swings – An Exercise in Musical Cooperation” is a big white swing set that responds to people using the swings by emitting musical notes. When users of all ages coordinate their swinging, melodies and harmonies emerge. The installation will be free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.

“The Swings is yet another way in which we’re creating a more active and vibrant downtown for residents, workers and visitors alike,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Our thanks goes to the many different partners in the community who have helped make this project a reality.”

The Swings is a project of Montreal-based Daily Tous les Jours, an interaction design studio with a focus on participation in public spaces. The Swings will add music and high level of activity to Downtown San José during its two-month installation, coinciding with the annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, August 12 – 14, also on the Plaza.

 

The San José appearance of The Swings is sponsored by Knight Foundation, as well as the San José Office of Cultural Affairs and Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Department, San Jose Downtown Association, San Jose Jazz, The Tech Museum of Innovation, ZERO1, Team San Jose, Adobe, Applied Materials, and City View Plaza. Information about The Swings in San José is available at http://www.musicalswings.com/sanjose.

“We’re delighted to be the only West Coast appearance of this amazing piece of interactive art,” said Kerry Adams-Hapner, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San José. “For eight weeks, San José families and the downtown community will have access to a lovely combination of exercise, music-making and community-building that will also be a draw for visitors from all over.”

On its current national tour, the Musical Swings has visited Green Mo untain Falls, Colorado; West Palm Beach, Florida; Detroit, Michigan; and most recently Manhattan’s Financial District, before it ends its tour in San José. The original 21 Swings installation has attracted millions of fans to the Quartier des spectacles area in Montréal, Canada, since 2011.

About Daily Tous le Jours

Daily Tous les Jours in active in new media and design, giving lectures and workshops worldwide, including SxSW, TEDx, and New Cities Summit. The Swings was first introduced in Montreal in 2011, and is still in daily use. The Swings is a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, as one of the most innovative and effective solutions to make cities more successful, attract talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement. More information on Daily Tous les Jours is available at www.dailytouslesjours.com.

About the San José Office of Cultural Affairs

The Office of Cultural Affairs is the community’s lead agency for supporting and promoting the development of a rich arts and cultural environment for this diverse region’s residents and employees and its many visitors. OCA fosters cultural development through arts funding programs, cultural workforce development, specials event services, and public art. For more information visit www.sanjoseculture.org.

About the City of San José

Known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, San José is the nation’s tenth largest city, and the largest city in Northern California, with an ethnically diverse population of more than one million. San José was founded in 1777, once served as the state capital of California, and now encompasses 180 square miles. Facts about San José can be found here: www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/780. The City’s website is www.sanjoseca.gov.

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