San Francisco International Airport, SFO, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, sits a few miles south of the city and, like many such transit spaces, offers a rare moment of stasis. Brian Eno explored this in his groundbreaking Music for Airports, highlighting how the airport is a potentially a place for contemplation. Beyond the obvious offerings of the airport, such as fights to and from places around the world, there are many other things the airport has that many people may not know about.
SOUND MADE PUBLIC was commissioned to explore the airport in a behind the scenes reportage of the inner workings to produce a unique series of site specific audio tales that reveal the world beyond the TSA lines and perfume counters.
One such story was about all the crazy things that people bring in to the US from theory countries: animals, plants, food and other illicit things. The identifiers of these are not only human but also canine, whose sense of smell and proper training have brought them to an interesting position of power. We explore that in this piece through a series of interviews and recording with the officers and their beloved dogs.
The series of podcasts was shared, amongst other places, through the airport, acting as an installation of sorts.