Easy it cannot be...
2 speaker, 2 big buttons
1 arduino, 150 sound files
set-up for further engagement
I am working in and about the construction and emergence of spontaneous common places in urban niches and especially the entanglement of technology into that process. A main focus is the current research into concepts of creativity embedded in the vibrant grey markets of urban India, which are a hub of constant technological reconfigurations and operations of faking, inscribing and republishing. The research is part of my PhD thesis, located in the Arts program of Bauhaus University Weimar.
Drawing from that insights I am specifically conducting a series of sound installations, that aim to merge public expressions of online commentary sections with the actual physical shape of urban material. Through the inscription, and of course reflection, amplification and fade-out of spoken words in a small section of a wall, pavement, street corner through simple, yet invisible, loudspeakers we are able to create a situation of possible surprise, eruptive thought, confusion, just noise, loss or even sudden common talk. The situation is an open one, temporary and sensual, not prescribing the decision of how to react to it.
The foreign and unknown, its arrival, integration and curious questioning is currently
excessively negotiated – especially in the online commentary sections of the national press.
Here you find a mingle-mangle of creative insults, beautiful descriptions, sarcasm and
autistic statements and therefore a textual base for the project itself. The commentaries
will be re-enacted, recorded via simple inquiring of people in the public space, subject to
new comments and finally replayable through buzzers installed in the mentioned urban niches.