[The following is a series of messy thoughts, mock-ups, photos and ideas-in-progress for a collaboration between TIMEANDDESIRE & Labspace Studio.]
urban noise/ white noise/ auditory information/ private vs. public
Some concepts/questions we discussed in previous meetings…
-Is eavesdropping a byproduct of living in a city?
-Is the act of eavesdropping subversive?
-What constitutes public & private auditory information?
-Do people take for granted their “auditory” footprint?
-Do snippets of conversations intrigue, disgruntle or amuse the passers by?
-When is the utterances of what we say— for us, for our friends in conversation, or to be intentionally overheard?
(How do we manifest this project, both site-specifically and in a gallery context?)
-Fabricate covert eavesdropping headphones to record external auditory information
-Visit various sites in the Queen West Triangle and use these covert tools to collect auditory data
-Re-frame this data in installation form in a gallery context
Tools to build headphone prototypes…
Old headphones, lapel mics, screw gun, audio adapters, audio software
Ideas for gallery installation…
Free-standing structure divided into four sections
-4 separate immersive environments w/ directional speaker
-each section mimics an eavesdropping location in the QW area (i.e. park, restaurant, dentist office, etc)
(Sound booth idea w/ interactive headphones)
-Distribute eavesdropping headphones at gallery for people to use and collect data on site
-Stream data from sound booth
Where we’re at…
We’re currently working through all our above ideas. As it stands, we have two functioning headphones. We’ll be collecting our preliminary data/ covertly eavesdropping this Saturday.
Stay tuned for the results…