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Stranger Sounds (2020)
Sound has become a treasured, expressive resource during the silence of COVID-19. Stranger Sounds is a speculative proposal to address loneliness at a time when both connection amongst strangers and sound production by humans are at record lows.
I wanted to create a microphone and speaker that fit comfortably within the setting of a dining room table. This way, clanking of silverware and other movements in the room are transmitted to a stranger, and from there, that stranger’s sounds to another and so on. A web of transmission is created.
By sharing the ambient sounds of one’s dining experience with strangers, one might find solace in sensory awareness and another human being’s small company.
Presentation (6 mins)
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