Earplugs

Earplugs, 2021, Epoxy clay, wood, metal, electronics, sound, 1.5’x2.5’x3’

“Earplugs” is part of a larger body of work that includes text-based meditative scores printed on the back of earplug packages and multichannel sound compositions that address noise as a pollutant. The project was inspired by the composer John Cage’s “4 ’33,” in which he redirects the audience’s attention from a silent piano solo to the surrounding environmental noise. In contrast, I attempt to redirect participants’ attention to their own individual bodies and subjective spaces by blocking environmental sounds altogether.

The sculptural version of “Earplugs” in this photo documentation performs a sound composition based on the text-based scores and makes use of the left and right channels with a call and response between virtual voice actors conversing through voice synthesizers.