Eunsu Kang, Joel Kollin, Juan Pampin
February 7 – March 1, 2008
In February of 2008, 911 presented Simultaneity:Entanglement, an exhibition that drew a symbolic acoustic line between 911 Media Arts and Soil Gallery. A hyper-directional sound beam linearizes the acoustics of the two galleries creating the illusion of a single, infinite line of sound into which both sites were trapped.
This fragile acoustic construction could be physically disturbed by the participants at each location. Using their body, participants could interfere with the acoustic waveguide, spilling over particles of the linear sound field into the room as they block their transit to the other site. The piece not only provoked the “entanglement” of the participants with their own sonic perception locally but also remotely, as the acoustic shadow of their bodies was cast onto the other space. In this way, Entanglement explored the concept of “tele-absense” (rather than tele-presence), using a virtual acoustic channel to telematically project the disembodied presence of participants interacting with the acoustic waveguide.
This collaborative installation was curated by 911 executive director Misha Neininger, and was part of the Ultrasonic Sound Beams in Media Arts research project, supported by the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), University of Washington.