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Absence and Presence

Sound Installation | Medium: Bone Conduction Transducers, Sound, Wood

In the installation “Absence and Presence,” I examine the possibilities of sound as a way to see and touch, incorporating wooden objects as an audible medium. The various forms of wooden structure represent simplified figurations of my body in which my memories are stored. I was interested in how one’s memory can be experienced by others acoustically and tangibly. The audience can engage in the details of someone’s recollection through the sound that different forms of aural sculpture reveal.  

The sound becomes audible when the audience makes physical contact with the sculpture. In this way, the sound is missing in presence, but it appears in your inner ears. A quiet dialogue with the listener begins inwardly; the empathy emanated from the individual resonates with the haze of a selective past of my own.

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