psychogeographic oral history project

Listen to New Orleans is a psychogeographic oral histories audio installation, book, and website about a changing city. Using physical signs embedded throughout New Orleans indicating phone numbers to call, listeners can dial in to hear oral histories from long-term residents of New Orleans about a place at which they stand that no longer exists, and what was lost as a result.

Listen to New Orleans showcases nine stories that explore how the deep history of New Orleans’ past is shaping its present. The first nine storytellers featured will be Jude Acers, Jeffery Darensbourg, Judge Edwin Lombard, Hasan "Ha Sizzle" Matthews, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Frank Perez, Harold Short II, Akilah Toney, and Stacey Robinson Towns.
The signs are installed on light posts that are visible and accessible to the public 24 hours a day. You will need a cellphone to access the audio of the individual stories.
Signs will be viewable at the following locations:

Hasan "HaSizzle" Matthews
Club Fusions

2004 A P Tureaud Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

Cherice Harrison-Nelson
Oretha Castle Haley Elementary School

1524 Franklin Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

Jude Acers

936 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

Frank Perez
Double Play

439 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Stacey Robinson Towns
Turner’s Restaurant and Bar

701 Clouet Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

Harold Short II
1984 Louisiana World Exposition

728 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

Judge Edwin Lombard
Foot of Canal Street

Canal St & Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130


Jeffery Darensbourg
Bayou Choupic

Moss & Bell Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

Akilah Toney
Super 10

4321 St Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

Open for public viewing 24/7 

All of the sites are outdoors, public and free to access 24 hours a day by foot, car, or bicycle, etc. 

All the stories belong to the storytellers and cannot be reproduced without their written permission.