In Mediated Intimacy: Chairs, two lounge chairs are placed back to back hidden behind curtains. Both chairs are embedded with deconstructed speakers playing low frequency waveforms. A microphone in front of each triggers the speakers in the other chair. Through tracking the pitch and volume of the participants voice, the vibrating sensation that is felt is variable, dynamic and can be quite musical depending on the what the participant inputs, resulting in a dialogue that is felt rather than heard. Participants have spent anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes in the chairs, attempting conversations, whispering secrets or performing wild vocal improvisations.The piece exists not only for the participants who are feeling the sensation but also for observers outside of the curtains, listening into their “conversations.”
This installation is the first in a series of objects constructed to explore ideas of mediated intimacy.
In collaboration with Maya Livio.
Vulnerability & Closeness
Vein Rays is a Madison, WI based music project from Paul Smirl. In March 2016 Vein Rays released a full-length album I'm Going To Regret This Later. I helped record the album and added some sounds. Lots of other friends also contributed. Paul has toured all over the midwest and I join him on electric viola when I can.
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See full album artwork here and stream below.
An ongoing experiment with Maya Livio aiming to test the possibilities of intentional data and emotional vulnerabilities in the private and public spheres through practice-based research methods.
Interpersonal vulnerability has been recently embraced in both academic¹ and popular culture² contexts as a quality to be valued and as a potential catalyst for positive outcomes such as intimacy. In contrast, among growing privacy concerns on individual,³ corporate,⁴ and state levels,⁵ the vulnerability of information maintains a negative bias, representing weakness, openness to harm, and exploitation. This project seeks to examine the potential outcomes of making both our selves and our data vulnerable.
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View phase 2 of project here
¹e.g. the work of Aron et. al
²e.g. the work of Brown
³e.g. camfecting, the hacking of webcams
⁴e.g. the organizational doxing of Ashley Madison
⁵The most obvious e.g. being the NSA revelations