If you are wondering what you are looking at, it is my newest Interactive and Participatory piece and my first proper sound installation as shown at The LAB, SAn Francisco in the recent show Cubic (Sounds)2.
Visitors are invited to place a finger on the pulse sensor to have their pulse taken. This triggers the audio aspect of the piece: a story of a San Francisco Moment recorded from someone in San Francisco whose pulse matches theirs. The sound of the story is played by a the flask of Bay salt water using a vibrating piezo plate to convert it into a speaker. The grey material is cotton cloth sculpted in a rough impression of San Francisco topography with a few major streets embroidered in red.
In the end the project worked and was well received. I’m sorry to say that during most of the opening it was almost impossible to hear though. Even when I made an exception for the opening and added a conventional speaker under the table to compete with the sound from the other sound installations in the echoing space it was too quiet once the room was full of talking people. Still, for the rest of the show and at the beginning and end of the opening you could hear it and it ran beautifully.
This is a piece I would love to re-work and do again in a quieter space. In a quiet space the flask of water speaks to you quietly, but audibly- intimately.