Sound Art Exhibition: Aural Sex
Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, 2000
Materials and Dimensions
Cotton padded walls, wood, metal, rubber, sound.
12'H x 12'W x 8'D
Four sound tracks composed from found sound and BBC industry recordings play quietly, almost imperceptibly through eight speakers embedded in padded walls. Positioning of speakers manipulates viewer's poses as they stoop, sit, and lay in the room trying to listen into the walls.
Lighting is subdued. A small television hangs ten feet above the bed; the picture is masked off to allow only a narrow band of viewing. Vertical hold keeps the picture flipping silently, rhythmically.
The bed is tucked between two padded walls, each having a speaker placed at ear level, each playing a different sound raga. The t-shaped bench hugs the wall that divides the bed from the bench. Both the bed user and the bench user are listening in to the same sound but they may not know this is occurring. After spending a few minutes in the space a slow dirge-like rhythm of noise is detected.
The walls are sewn from used white cotton bed sheets, exuding the smell and feel of sleep.