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Dr. Ned Takes New Haven
by Staff | Oct 8, 2013 11:35 am
Posted to: Arts & Culture, Music, Visual Arts
A strange psychedelic sentinel descended on New Haven, sharing sounds and visions from another time.
The time-traveler was “Dr. Ned’s Incredible Psychedelic Jukebox,” an artwork created by Bill Saunders, local artist and organizer of the annual Ideat Village alternative arts festival.
For several night’s last week, Saunders erected his “jukebox” at locations around town, playing classic albums from the ‘60s and ‘70s from a box painted with psychedelic day-glo swirls. Click the play arrow to see it in action, playing “Peace Frog” by The Doors.
Saunders created the piece from ceiling panels once found in a room (pictured) in the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Saunders belonged to the frat in the ‘80s, when he was a student at the school. He said he lived in the room during his senior year, and saved the panels when the fraternity lost the house.
Saunders sent in these photos of the jukebox’s journey, including its return to Troy, to the fraternity’s new home in an old church.
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Citizens of New Haven,
I sincerely welcome a lively discussion about art in this ‘city’
It will be educational and respectful.
I do not need to turn around to show my big balls.
You shouldn’t have to either—just act in accordance with your belief.
And Fear Not….
EmBare-assed? I understand completely. Let me start….
I created Dr.Ned for the Disturbing the Comfortable exhibit at the Arts Council. He was actually conceived and designed to be plopped down in the lobby.
But at the opening, some interesting observations struck me—
Firstly, there was no way to bring down the lights so Dr. Ned could throb his pulsing colors, but he does look nice in the light.
Second, I quickly realized that Dr. Ned was trapped in a 9-5 gallery, and would NEVER interact with the public at large in that space.
I decided to leave Dr. Ned at the Arts Council for one week, and on the street for one week.
And so the social experiment begins. Same art. Different places. Different Social Strata….
Inside vs. Outside
DR. NED’S INCREDIBLE PSYCHEDELIC JUKEBOX TOUR DIARY…...
Fri Sept. 27th— at GROUP W BENCH….
The Yale Side of the Street…
Hundreds and hundreds of humans, mostly students, passed Dr. Ned on a busy Friday as he played music by the Incredible String Band, but only about 2% paused to take notice.
I sat across the street at Pad Thai and watched.
When people did stop, I would cross the street and tell them:
“My Rule of Thumb is, if I cross the street, and you are still here, I will tell the story of this contraption.” Then I would tell the tale….
When I finally got to the punch line, that this is a REAL PSYCHEDELIC ARTIFACT with history, the eyes got wider, and the smiles bigger.
For those that didn’t notice, hope you enjoyed texting and Iphoning. It is very apparent, as a society, technology is disconnecting us from our environment..
It’s too bad—the installation was beautiful, and Rafael’s toy filled windows are astonishing.
To watch a video clip, Google “Dr Ned Gets Brighter”
Sat. Sept. 28th— PITKIN PLAZA
A Return to the Scene of “THE CRIME”
The ventilation system at 360 State Street was so loud, it completely drowned out Dr. Ned’s Performance, as I sat on the patio of O’Tooles with friends. I even missed PEACE FROG when it came on.
Funny, I could hear Dr. Ned very well across a busy Chapel St. the day before, but 360 State is Noise Pollution Central. If a dozen people walked through the Plaza the entire night, , that was a lot.
The one person that stopped, and who was very interested, was a homeless man I know named Theo, who is a great painter, and who built the coffin to bury our Ideat in last year.
He hung out for a while and really enjoyed the show.
“Bill, you are quite the character”, he kept saying.
Why is Pitkin Plaza dead at night?
Why don’t the Residents of 360 even walk through it?
(pictures in article)
This is awesome.!
Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven.
So, Miscreant’s Take Notice!
“People don’t realize what they have when they own a picture by me. Each picture is a phial with my blood. That is what has gone into it.”
“A painter paints to unload himself of feelings and visions. People seize on painting to cover up their nakedness. They get what they can wherever they can. In the end I don’t believe they get anything at all. They’ve simply cut a coat to the measure of their own ignorance”
—- again, Picasso.
So, let me get to the punch…..
Dr. Ned sat at the corner of Whitney and Trumbull on Sunday, with much the same results. The people that did stop were really into it, but so many just were living in there own bubbles.
On Monday Dr. Ned sat at the corner of the YMCA on Howe and Chapel.
Here, people noticed.
But these were predominantly People of Color from the Wrong Side of the Tracks. Bob Marley, Parliment , Sly and the Family Stone played, while this funny looking white guy (me) had great conversations with warm humans who GOT IT.
So, New Haven, my question is this….
If we are the Creative Capital of Connecticut, why doesn’t Art Funding find it’s way to reach the underserved populations of our City?
Because it doesn’t serve an ‘Economic Development’ Interest???
Because it doesn’t provide resume building opportuniites for “Yalies”?
Because the opportunists in charge have no real Heart for Art.
Dr. Ned represents every color of the Rainbow, except WHITE, and that is the color he had the hardest time attracting…....
Finally, a little piece of magic was captured Wednesday night, the last night of the tour, on the patio of the Booktrader Cafe, when local street poet, Francine Bowden stopped by and spoke her truth….
I urge you all to google:
‘FRANCINE BOWDEN LAYS IT DOWN WITH DR. NED”
This is what community engagement and the arts is all about….
This 18 hour public art tour of New Haven cost NOTHING.