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 across their entire surface. A microphone in front of each chair triggers the transducers in the opposite chair. As participants wear headphones that play a drone 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 their partner’s chair which are experienced as variable, dynamic, and musical. The result is a private, embodied dialogue which is felt rather than heard.

In collaboration with JP Merz.

Notes:
  • Exhibitions:
        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)