ECHOES ARE FAR FROM DIGITAL
An exploration of surveillance culture and the act of turning the gaze of surveillance from the outside in. This work was exhibited as part of Byproduct: Deviation from Design at Southern Exposure and Can You Sit on It? at the Brooks Stevens Gallery of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
Echoes are Far from Digital came from an interest in the collection of surveillance data and the formalizing qualities of furniture. The table contains an analog tape delay system cobbled together from vintage reel to reel players. The ambient sounds in a space are recored on a loop of tape that leaves the recorder, completes a lap of the table, and returns to be played about 20 seconds later. This constant echo from 20 seconds ago takes on very different character within different contexts. In solitude the piece has a contemplative nature, in small groups the chatter from the table becomes the ultimate conversation killer, and in a crowded setting it creates a disruptive wall of noise.