Thought Cues, 2014
interactive installation, microcomputers, 3D animation, video, multi-channel sound, found objects
Though Cues is an immersive installation that uses microprocessors to control audio, video, found and constructed objects in relation to the dissociation of urban life.
Ernest Hilgards' hidden observer theory suggests that conscious information can be accessed in somnambulistic states of sub consciousness - which will not be remembered when returning to consciousness. I am taking that idea and applying it to daily tasks and functions of urban life.
Everyday common objects, sounds and visual textures we wouldn't normally notice are displaced and activated in the space. Objects I have placed in the room (wooden sculpture, lights and found objects) are brought to attention through the use of sonic sensors and motors.
Rotating plinths with coffee mugs are controlled by kitchen bench top sounds - Socks move around an over engineered, kinetic washing-line that overlook a study of local textures. The space is surrounded by a music concrete work titled "symphony for the suburbs" - taking common, suburban sounds and making them unrecognizable.
The representation of the hidden observer is realized through the audience's engagement with media such as the sonic sensor and microprocessors - which control the audio, video and sculptural elements of the installation. The technology in this case is the hidden observer and acts on behalf of the audience to activate the objects that the audience might not otherwise be aware of.
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