“Selections from The New England Primer” at whitespec
“Selections from The New England Primer,” an interactive sound installation by Matt Gilbert in collaboration with Ryan Peoples, was initiated by Charlie Brouwer’s exploration of his past and childhood memories in “Now I Lay Me…”
The installation will investigate American approaches to childhood education as evidenced in The New England Primer, America’s first school textbook and the source of the prayer to which Brouwer’s show owes its title.
The homemade sound controllers, some made from salvaged electronics, will convert the content of the Primer-lessons based on rote memorization, strict discipline, and Puritan values-into material for free self-directed play and investigation.
Through Sept. 29.
814 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307