Secret robot crickets hidden in trash

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Brandon says: "New York artist Michael Dory plants little noise makers inside of pieces of trash, as a way of making audio graffiti, forcing passers buy to take a real look around."

NPR has an audio story abut Dory and his cheery chirpers.

New Yorkers are hearing things these days – and it is coming from the bushes.

It is the sound of concrete crickets, little devices created by artist Michael Dory that play bits of music and make cricket-like sounds. Dory hides small sound devices in containers around the city, similar to the way graffiti artists spray paint their art on walls without asking anyone's consent.

The crickets are just loud enough for passersby to hear. And like their namesake, the crickets stop chirping when the curious draw too close – thanks to motion sensors Dory installed in them.

Dory says the idea for the crickets came to him as he watched his lower eastside neighborhood change, becoming too expensive for the artists who lived there.

The concrete crickets, he says, are his way of keeping his voice in the neighborhood.

I hope he doesn't try this in Boston. The authorities there don't take kindly to electronic street art. Link

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  1. “Dory says the idea for the crickets came to him as he watched his lower eastside neighborhood change, becoming too expensive for the artists who lived there. The concrete crickets, he says, are his way of keeping his voice in the neighborhood.”

    I wonder who had to leave that lower eastside neighborhood so the artists could move in? What about their voice? I’m all for street art, but artists who make run-down neighborhoods “hip” are (willing or not) agents of the very gentrification they claim to despise.

  2. Jason said more articulately what I came here to say. The Lower East Side’s artists can find other places to live easily enough, and they take their scenes with them. It’s not like there’s some deep-rooted culture of Artists in the Lower East Side that has been lost. The old, poor neighborhood is being destroyed, and can’t just pick up and move; if artists care to make a statement about something other than pity for themselves, maybe they could make some art about that.

  3. *sigh* another dig at Boston. What– are you guys all New Yawkahs?

    There are a lot of other phony bomb scares around the world; I remember BoingBoing reporting on a penis pump mistaken for a bomb, and know of vibrators and cds suffering similar fates at the hands of the TSA, which is a lot sillier than homemade electronics being considered bombs. But even in Boston no cop is going to press the “hoax” charge on someone carrying a penis pump.

    I guarantee it’s only a matter of time before similar “Boston Hoaxes” happen in your town– cops everywhere are ego-driven and heavy handed, and don’t like being made to look foolish (even if it’s by their own stupidity). I admit the “hoax device” law in Boston is being abused by the cops, but in court those cases don’t stand.

  4. The TSA hasn’t (yet) shut down the entire downtown of a city while they investigated a Lite-Brite. In fact — gee — nobody but Boston has.

    But at least we all learned a lot about 70’s hair.

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