This was an interactive sound installation at the Carvel State Building in downtown Wilmington, DE. This installation ran from October 1 – October 19, 2010. This project was supported by a Delaware Division of the Arts Established Artist Fellowship in Sculpture. This piece was an evolution of the Sound Play @ DCCA temporary installation at the Delaware Center of Contemporary Arts.
Art is about asking questions. For this interactive, 8-channel sound installation, I am asking you to engage in a social experiment by using your voice to answer questions. These questions are broadcast through the eight speakers in the installation as a random order of words, representing a range of psychological abstractions. If you interact with the piece through the microphone and foot switch, your answers to these questions are recorded and added to a database to be randomly selected and played back. This process creates an emergent system of meaning intended to represent our “Collective Conscious”, a term coined by the French sociologist Émile Durkheim (1858–1917) to refer to the shared beliefs and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society.
|Image of the microphone stand inviting participation from gallery visitors, and two of the eight speaker units on the wall.|
|The questions were constructed through Max/MSP programming by randomly selecting recorded words to create a 6-part sentence. The words were in the voices of my Typography 3 students at the University of Delaware.|
|Image of a single speaker unit on the wall of the gallery.|
|Image of the room installation with four of the eight speaker units in view.|
|All eight units in my studio prior to installation.|
|Postcard advertising the installation and opening reception.|