Zarouhie Abdalian makes social sound in downtown Oakland

Artist Zarouhie Abdalian reflects on her 2013 SFMOMA commission, a sound installation featuring brass bells programmed to ring simultaneously from rooftops around Oakland's Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Each bell plays a randomized rhythmic structure of accelerated and slowed tempos that is different every time. With this experience-based work, Abdalian hopes to shift our awareness of Oakland's city center, a historic site associated with community gatherings.