Nurture

2019, Wood, metal, plastic, cloth, electronics, robotics, sound

“Nurture” is an instrument that performs phrases of deconstructed spoken text. Each consonant sound is accentuated by a percussion device and each vowel sound is enacted by a mechanical valve. As spectators are focused on what the piece is doing and sounding like, a subliminal process of hypnotic induction is taking place. Under the layers of augmented sound, there is unaltered spoken text from one of its speakers reciting passages from Napoleon Hill’s 1937 self-help book, “Think and Grow Rich”.

Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons
Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons
Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons

Special thanks to the Contemporary Austin Crit Group