Sonic Geography: An Interactive Installation Art Piece
20：00, 10.31.2011 @TCG Nordica
How does sound define a place?
How closely do we listen to the sounds of everyday?
How do we interact with the sounds that define our lives?
“Sonic Geography” is an interactive sound installation that addresses place, identity, and awareness through field recordings of Kunming, China.
Using field recordings captured from all over Kunming, the artist creates an immersive environment in which participants and gallery visitors can listen closely to, interact with, and explore the everyday sounds of their city. The objective of this installation is to give participants an opportunity to contemplate the seemingly “casual” and “mundane” soundscape of the city, and to realize the symphony of human interaction that culminates in the sounds that define us as people, a community, as a city.
Upon entering the installation space, participants will hear pre-recorded sounds from rooftops, underpasses, quiet alleyways, loud storefront sidewalks, as well as recordings of geographic landmarks, such as the bird and flower market, Dianchi lake, etc. The sounds inside the installation, like the sounds in the city, are always changing, thus each participant will walk away with a unique experience.
About the artist
Taurin Barrera is an American electronic musician and sound artist currently living in Kunming. His works focus on interactive connections between technology and perception. Barrera combines computer vision, chance, and computer music techniques to program audio-visual instruments and environments. Barrera current focus is upon emerging technologies that allow viewers and listeners to experience sound and visual art in experimental, often indeterminate ways.