In this piece, digital audio data from a #1 hit song is printed out on long spools of receipt paper used in commercial transactions. These paper reels are then traced by hand back into a computer. The resultant sound file is a version of the original material, but reinterpreted by the involuntary errors inherent to handmade processes, highlighting how bodies act as filters for digital data and commerce.
This piece is a song cycle written from the position of a systems-connected technology in the CALIT2 research center as it gains sentience, explores its ‘environment’, and experiences adversity and obsolescence. Video feeds from unsecured live remote camera locations across the world act its ‘eyes’, and are interpolated and reprocessed as visual matrixes of standard ASCII text. As the ASCII letters are processed, the system watches for specific words that spell out poems found online. The system then ‘sings’ to the audience about a specific aspect of its experience.
Song no.2 of the cycle can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/262326450
A montage of the entire piece can be found here: https://vimeo.com/262588323
Callspace is a digital arts installation that utilizes cell phone technology to network ambient sound from unpopulated, site-specific locations into six speakers housed in monolithic aluminum structures.
Callspace premiered in August of 2010 at the Machines with Magnets Gallery in Pawtuckett, RI. This project is a collaborative work with Mark Cetilia and is made possible by a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.
Disco Vérité is performed using custom crafted Plexiglas discs. These discs are the equivalent size of standard 12” vinyl records, but completely flat. Because they have no grooves, the discs in their original form make no sound. On each blank disc are affixed bits of obsolete media in different patterns that are equivalent to a pattern one might see in a drum sequencer, but in circular form. These discs are played on standard DJ turntables and when the needle comes in contact with the physical material, it plays the sound of the material itself. When played together, they create a soundscape reminiscent of minimal techno, but from an analog, physical source.
This piece is a reactive system that allows the presence of bodies within a performance space to affect and alter the states of obsolete digital sound equipment to generate a reactive, co-constructed sound environment in which technological cast-offs are entangled with human corporeality. The audio system is also activated by disturbances in electromagnetic fields detected by two energized copper coils. Fluctuations of these fields by human proximity, affect state changes in the feedback system and the sound.
Rejoinder is a reactive video portrait of the entangled experiences of place by temporary and permanent residents. By itself, the video plays as a continuous visual and aural presence. When the microphone is activated, voices of participants are recorded and repeated back using only the frequencies present in the documentary video, creating an echo of local inhabitants interpreted through the sounds of the city itself. This piece was developed and installed while artist in residence at Inside Out Gallery, Beijing.
Shift Register Shift Register is a sound installation that utilizes six hyperdirectional speakers mounted from above and deflected around the exhibit space by reflectors mounted on pan-tilt servos below. These control systems are in turn operated by electroencephalographic impulses of the performer. The sound and the images projected in the space are generated and altered by the unconscious brain activity of the subject, which changes dynamically with the subject's mind state.
Installation documentation: https://vimeo.com/32123983
Proof of concept and construction: https://vimeo.com/62555396
Letters From the Earth offers the possibility of a dialogue with those future beings, by reconstructing the impermanent messages on mobile devices into permanent physical missives that will last for centuries. Selected text messages use e waste to make them a permanent but hidden feature of the landscape in the manner shown.
Because plastic takes so long to break down (up to 500 years or more in a landfill) the messages will remain in the earth indefinitely. This is done in the hope that future inhabitants might stumble upon them in the course of archeological, geological, or subsistence exploration and consider the attitudes and sensibilities that previous generations had toward their lives, triumphs and follies. Similarly, Letters From the Earth calls on the present day technological operators and consumers to consider the impact their seemingly innocuous tool and toys might have on their descendants.
Forbidden Fruit (With REDUX) is a sound installation consisting of a group of 6 brightly colored portable audio players that have had custom light systems affixed inside. The lights respond to the intensity of the sound emanating from the speakers and make the translucent players glow from their insides.
The boxes choose from 99 tracks at random from a collection of sounds captured from the installation's immediate environment. The 'fruit' were hung in a medium sized tree in a very public area of sidewalk space, to confront passerby with reorganized sounds of their surroundings.