The Kissing Booth is a Pretty Extreme interactive sound installation designed for the Figment Festival 2013 in New York City. Find a cute partner, step right up and give ‘em a kiss.
FIGMENT is a free, family-friendly participatory arts event held in multiple cities and attracting tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy, a celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. FIGMENT celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream.
FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year. In 2012 FIGMENT hosts events in 7 cities: Jackson (MS), NYC, Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cedar Rapids (IA), and Washington DC, as well as the interactive exhibits on NYC’s Governors Island from June through September. Currently in its seventh year, FIGMENT is a non-commercial, de-commodified, environmentally-responsible event. Nothing is sold at FIGMENT and no one makes a profit. There are no corporate sponsors.
Kissing Booth Contributors:
Josh Silverman: Concept, Design, Implementation, Original Music
Mike Gallant: Original Music
Michael Gallant is the founder of New York firm Gallant Music. Recent composition and production credits include the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial anniversary video featuring the voice of James Earl Jones and the feature film Remedy. His debut Michael Gallant Trio album Completely received a four-star rating from DownBeat magazine and was described by All About Jazz as “a superb debut by an artist unafraid and bending the tradition.
Micki Kaufman: Original Music
Micki Kaufman is a platinum record award-winning engineer, multi-instrumentalist and choral vocalist. She began her music career studying sitar under the great Jamaluddin Bharatiya and attended Simon’s Rock College at age 16 for ethnomusicology. Once on the scene, she engineered for many New York bands, most notably as digital multitrack engineer for Blues Traveler’s platinum-selling Live from the Fall double album. In 2013, working with composer Barb Morrison, Micki lent her signature guitar synthesis techniques and sound engineering talents as an assistant composer of Elliot King is Third, part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Futurescapes project and Concussion, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the 2013 Berlin Film Festival’s Teddy Jury Award. She continues to score and engineer out of her Brooklyn studio.
Special Thanks to Josh Weisberg and WorldStage Inc. for providing sound equipment.
Special Thanks to Kostume Kult for providing transportation to and from Governor’s Island.