1. Stop. Listen by Cameron, Hannes, Mark, Tanya
“Stop. Listen” is an installation piece which invites the listener to explore the sonic features of a given space, and could be exhibited in any location. For this particular show, our group chose to present it in the staircase of London College of Communication due to the space’s interesting sonic features. While the staircase is rarely used, any sonic activity gets amplified due to the large reverberation of the architecture. Furthermore, the sound of construction works, which takes place outside the building, is constantly present and invades the otherwise silent atmosphere of the staircase.
2. String Theory by Ben, Brigitte, John, Kit, Miguel
Do you remember being a child and peering into a cup to hear what’s on the other side? String theory is an installation about how sounds change as they travel. Using nostalgic materials the piece is trying to evoke the old feeling one used to get as a child, as well as things that get lost in translation, as you grow older.
3. The Tin Foil Thing - Investigation the sonic qualities of Tin Foil by Jonas, Josh, Pete
Edison liked tin foil, and so do we. It’s shiny, and much better than bubble wrap. Therefore, we are exploring the appeal that Edison found in this material. In addition, Edison never visited the Atrium. This was his loss.
4. Biofeedback Plants by Ewa Justka & Charlotte Desborough
This sound installation explores a wide range of possibilities of the direct interactions between two organic materials – humans and plants. Sound is being triggered through variety of actions: touching, squeezing, stroking and consuming. The plant, as well as an interacting person, conducts electricity, which allows us to create an unpredictable dialog between the two. The purpose of this experiment is to become a part of the flow of electricity; to re-invent the way we perceive materials and their inter-relationships.
Human = organic = conductor; plants/fruits/vegetables=organic=conductor. Resistance of skin = electricity flow. Human body + plant = circuit.
To achieve the effect of inter-organic communication we built simple circuits which were connected to the plants while in the same time touching the wire coming out of the circuit. The circuits consist HCF40938E chip, 1uf capacitor, 1n0 capacitor and variety of wires.
5. Contact by Jamie Charlton, Ben Dusserre-Robinson, Luis Gutierrez, Jenna Whelan, Sam Maljessi
Contact is an installation composed for three speakers, contact microphones and a metal grill. It explores the reaction of people when confronted with the opportunity to interact with a space by affecting its sonic characteristics. By offering participants drumsticks, the piece aims to exploit the human desire to put one’s own mark on a communal space. As a part of primitive rituals found universally in human cultures, drumming can induce trance-like states through communal and spatial interaction. The piece creates a tension in our desire to mark a space as territory, while also using the natural characteristics of sound as an essentially liminal and ephemeral medium to raise questions of decay and the right of people to impose themselves in a space. Contact also exploits our childish intuition through the presented situation, and ignites our initial instinct to take the sticks and make a mark, even if that mark will fade away.