MEDIATED INTIMACY: CHAIRS

(2016)

interactive installation

Two common lounge chairs sit back-to-back behind privacy curtains. Embedded with surface transducers (deconstructed speakers), the chairs emit low-frequency waveforms. A microphone in front of each chair triggers the transducers in the opposite chair. As participants wear headphones that play a drone composition to obfuscate external sounds, they use the microphones to engage in a conversation. The pitch and volume of their voices are tracked, producing vibrating sensations in the opposite chair which are felt as variable, dynamic, and musical. The result foregrounds the value of privacy and embodiment through a dialogue which is felt rather than heard.

In collaboration with JP Merz.

Notes:
  • Exhibited at New Music Gathering, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH (2017)
  • Exhibited at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO (2016)
  • Exhibited at Artist Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) Gallery, Chicago, IL (2016)