Talk (At the Same Time), 2016
Wood, microphones, headphones, electronic circuit
244 x 30 x 56”
In everyday interpersonal interactions, there exist a potential for misunderstanding and prejudice. My works facilitate interactions through singular channels, such as eye contact, voice, or touch. By masking all other information about another person, I remove the possibility of contextualizing him/her/them within our social milieu. This forces us to focus on the presence of the other person, and prevents an understanding in the traditional sense. Talk (At the Same Time) imposes yet another constraint on the interpersonal interaction. Through this structure, neither person can start a conversation or feel obligated to respond. The inner electric circuit allows the participants to hear each other only when they talk at the same time; the power dynamics of a lingual interaction thus disappears, and both voices receive equal emphasis.