Traffic Jam is a project that makes music from machines of transportation. Presented in parking lots, programs are communal rituals featuring pedicabs, automobiles, and bicycles. This project is augmented by interactive public art that activates underutilized transportation hubs, and workshops that combine experimental music making with transportation policy.
Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and curator who creates communal, democratic work to examine history, systems, and behavior. As a soloist and as an artist of NYC-based “new music dream team” Ensemble Signal, he has premiered over 200 new works. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles.