Quantum Tours Americana

Benjamin Andrew

Quantum Tours Americana is a website and app that enable participants to experience eight unique audio tours that take them on a trip through time. Each tour tells a story from Ballston’s history, or its imagined future, using interviews with local experts and recordings from the Arlington Historical Society to transport listeners into another world.

These stories bring new perspectives to Ballston, as lush sound effects and music recreate what it was like to stroll through the early days of the American settlers, and imagine what it will be like to fly through Ballston’s bustling streets of the far future.

Guiding listeners through these disparate elements is Quantum Tour Guide’s Rick Vallance and his artificial intelligence program. The narrations are combined with contemporary and historical recordings to touch on subjects like sustainability, technology, and community.

Connect to this tour via the BallstonConnect Mobile app or the Quantum Tourms Americana app (both available for iPhone by searching the App Store) and experience this rich mix of fantasy and history.

Learn more about Quantum Tours »

Download the Quantum Tours App »

The Ballston BID thanks the Nature Conservancy for hosting this project, which is presented as part of the Public Displays of Innovation exhibition, and is not part of any Nature Conservancy program. The concept for the project, and the content, were developed solely by the artist and do not reflect any programs or positions of the Nature Conservancy.

Materials: 
audio, signage
Dates: 
October 2014 - Permanent Installation
Location: 
Custom mobile app and BBID mobile app with specific listening stations at the following intersections: Nature Conservancy, Fairfax/Taylor, Fairfax/Stafford, Fairfax/Stuart, Wilson/Glebe, Welburn Square, Glebe/9th (Bob Peck Monument Plaza); Ellipse Park
Benjamin Andrew

Benjamin Andrew is an artist and writer currently based in Baltimore. After receiving his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013, he has exhibited throughout Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York. Exploring creative uses of technology, he currently works at the Digital Media Center at Johns Hopkins University and as a teacher at MICA. Working with performance, video, and installation (among countless other media), his projects use fictional narratives to create participatory adventures in everyday settings. At turns comedic and direly serious, Andrew's work provides space to imagine the world differently.

Partners: 
Piedmont Office Realty Trust
Dweck Properties Ltd
Gates Hudson & Associates, Inc.
Nature Conservancy
Virginia Tech
NRECA
Arlington County

Quantum Tours Americana

Benjamin Andrew

Quantum Tours Americana is a website and app that enable participants to experience eight unique audio tours that take them on a trip through time. Each tour tells a story from Ballston’s history, or its imagined future, using interviews with local experts and recordings from the Arlington Historical Society to transport listeners into another world.

These stories bring new perspectives to Ballston, as lush sound effects and music recreate what it was like to stroll through the early days of the American settlers, and imagine what it will be like to fly through Ballston’s bustling streets of the far future.

Guiding listeners through these disparate elements is Quantum Tour Guide’s Rick Vallance and his artificial intelligence program. The narrations are combined with contemporary and historical recordings to touch on subjects like sustainability, technology, and community.

Connect to this tour via the BallstonConnect Mobile app or the Quantum Tourms Americana app (both available for iPhone by searching the App Store) and experience this rich mix of fantasy and history.

Learn more about Quantum Tours »

Download the Quantum Tours App »

The Ballston BID thanks the Nature Conservancy for hosting this project, which is presented as part of the Public Displays of Innovation exhibition, and is not part of any Nature Conservancy program. The concept for the project, and the content, were developed solely by the artist and do not reflect any programs or positions of the Nature Conservancy.

Information:

Materials: audio, signage

Dates: October 2014 - Permanent Installation

Location: Custom mobile app and BBID mobile app with specific listening stations at the following intersections: Nature Conservancy, Fairfax/Taylor, Fairfax/Stafford, Fairfax/Stuart, Wilson/Glebe, Welburn Square, Glebe/9th (Bob Peck Monument Plaza); Ellipse Park

Sponsors and Partners:

Partners: Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Dweck Properties Ltd, Gates Hudson & Associates, Inc., Nature Conservancy, Virginia Tech, NRECA, Arlington County

Meet the Artist:

Benjamin Andrew

Benjamin Andrew is an artist and writer currently based in Baltimore. After receiving his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013, he has exhibited throughout Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York. Exploring creative uses of technology, he currently works at the Digital Media Center at Johns Hopkins University and as a teacher at MICA. Working with performance, video, and installation (among countless other media), his projects use fictional narratives to create participatory adventures in everyday settings. At turns comedic and direly serious, Andrew's work provides space to imagine the world differently.