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 playing a drone composition to obfuscate external sounds, they use the microphones to engage in a conversation. The pitch and volume of each voice is tracked, producing vibrating sensations in the opposite chair which are felt as variable, dynamic, and musical. The result champions embodiment and privacy through a dialogue that is felt rather than heard.

In collaboration with JP Merz.

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