An art gallery pays homage to the boombox for its history and role in spurring collaborative creativity.
The Boombox Project is part tribute, and part celebration to the device for its role in spurring collaborative creativity. Though the boombox is probably best remembered for its role in the hip-hop movement of the 1970s and 80s, photojournalist Lyle Owerko is also interested in its past social implications. He pays homage to the radio for incubating “sonic campfires” creating life, a place where people used to gather around, collaborate, and make their dreams come true. He celebrates the device as an artistic, and cultural metaphor. As a point of contrast, the artist is doubly concerned with the ‘consuming’ earbud culture of present, and its effect on as us as individuals ingesting only what we deem relevant, curtailing any potential avenues of inspiration.
The Boombox Project is a book turned art gallery in New York City. The hard copy features contemporary fine art portraits of the artist’s vintage collection of boomboxes, as well as documentary photographs of the people who pushed the boombox movement in its heyday. Images from the book are on display at the Clic Gallery in SoHo.
As described by Nerdcore:
The book is more than just a collection of images, though; it’s also an oral history of the early days of hip-hop, featuring memories from Fab 5 Freddy, Bob Gruen, Rosie Perez, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, Lisa Lisa, DJ Spooky, and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, among others, on the role this once ubiquitous machine played.