audio, speaker in wall with mesh covering
Advice from a Former Student is a sound piece commissioned by Brown University permanently installed in the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center at Faunce House. It features the voices of alumni from class years ranging from 1939 until 2010 offering short pieces of recorded advice. There are over 800 pieces of advice (totaling more than seven hours of audio) in the piece, which shuffles and plays the pieces of advice randomly.
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Advice From a Former Student was selected and commissioned by The Public Art Committee, responsible for bringing works of art to the Brown campus for display in public spaces. The committee includes University President Ruth J. Simmons; Chancellor Emeritus Artemis Joukowsky; Jo-Ann Conklin, director, David Winton Bell Gallery; Robert Emlen, university curator and senior lecturer in American civilization; Richard Fishman, director of the Creative Arts Council and professor of visual arts; Susan Freedman '82, president of the Public Art Fund in New York; Stephen Maiorisi, vice president of facilities management; and Dietrich Neumann, professor of the history of art and architecture.