The Public's Playlist – Pause to Share

Headphones give us the ability to make our music like our thoughts, something that no one else can hear, something that’s private or something we can choose to share. We choose to share. We ask you to pause, to share your music.

During my 2013 visit to New York, my friend Pocahannah shared one of her great creative ideas for a photography project. I was intrigued; she wanted to show a diverse representation of individuals using headphones and make note of what they were listening to. I felt it was a way to break the solitude of listening to music in public spaces. I found a great article that takes this idea further, titled, “How Headphones Changed the World”, written by Derek Thompson. He mentions that..

..Music is a social glue for the species, as a way to make groups and keep them together. Headphones allow music to be enjoyed friendlessly — as a way to savor our privacy, in heightened solitude. Headphones might represent the most important inflection point in music history. The triumph of headphones is that they create, in a public space, an oasis of privacy. Headphones give us absolute control over our audio-environment, allowing us to privatize our public spaces. But it also represents nothing less than a fundamental shift in humans’ basic relationship to music.

The projects’ goal is to open a different kind of shared space of what music can bring. To tune in on what everyone is listening to and break the solitude, to share our playlist. Welcome to The Public's Playlist.

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Shot on 35mm film b&w and color. © 2013-2015 - present Marisa Sarto

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