Made in L.A. Soundmap iPhone App Features Artist, ‘CalArts Groupie’ Simone Forti

A screenshot of the ‘Made in L.A.’ Soundmap for the iPhone.

As we previously posted, Made in L.A. 2012, L.A.’s first biennial exhibition featuring the work of 60 local artists, runs through Sept. 2 at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, LAXART in Culver City and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz. More than a third of the artists in the show are either CalArts alumni, faculty or students.

The exhibition has released a free Made in L.A. Soundmap companion app for the iPhone. The app is designed to give art lovers a mobile audio experience while traveling to, from and among the three biennial venues.

The new app, which was named one of the best arts and culture apps in LA by LA Weekly, “explores Los Angeles as context for the exhibition” through interviews with Made in L.A. artists and curators, providing visitors with insights into current art making in L.A.

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Excerpts from audio interviews with Made in L.A. artists and curators are placed on a city map, with each location relating to segment content. Audio segments play automatically as you move through the city, responding to your location. In between segments, music curated by the local collective DUBLAB creates a soundtrack for your journey through the city.

Among the artist interviews is dancer and artist Simone Forti, who substitute taught at CalArts for founding School of Art faculty member Allan Kaprow in 1970. Forti, who is among the five finalists for $100,000 Mohn Prize, discusses her experience as “a CalArts groupie” in the 70s:

Click the image below to download the app for free via iTunes, or listen to more excerpts on the exhibition’s site. If you download the app, note that it uses background GPS, with audio hotspots only triggered in the LA area (though the music tracks play anywhere).

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