Noise Intercepted Collaborators

Melanie Brown - Artist and Instructor


Chicago, USA

Why do I want to participate?

I have been making visual work based on audio for the past 9 months and would enjoy the experience of participating in this project.



Noise Project #6Noise Challenge #6: The Eavesdropper

Eavesdropping is Lonely

I spent time on the train without headphones on just listening to the silence of the train or fellow passengers chatting to each other or to their cellphones.  I was surprised by the isolating experience of conscious eavesdropping since it forced me to be keenly aware that I was outside what I was listening for.  I was also surprised by how much of the eavesdropping was done of only one half of a conversation, as most people talking on the train were either talking on the phone or to themselves.  At times it was difficult to tell who was on the phone and who was having a conversation with someone imaginary.  All in all, I observed mostly people being kind and friendly to one another exchanging smiles, kind words, and giving up seats to those who needed them.