Callspace / Redux 09/30/10

September 30–October 10 | Callspace Premiere
Pixilerations [v.7] at Machines with Magnets

Callspace is a digital arts installation that utilizes cell phone technology to network ambient sound from unpopulated, site-specific locations throughout a given area. Six cell phones are modified to run on solar power and answer automatically when an incoming call is received. The modified cellphones are then placed in their locations throughout the city, and connections are made between the cell phones and cellular telephones located in the exhibition space. The output of each telephone is wired directly to a dedicated loudspeaker housed in a monolithic speaker enclosure.

Inaccessible and uninhabited locations are chosen because they represent spaces yet to be incorporated by the global economy. The listener eavesdrops on their tacit chorus, a soundscape of places normally outside their acoustic experience. Inside a clock tower, atop a telephone pole, beside a weathervane, under a wind turbine: these are unpopulated spaces embodied and represented through ambient sound.

Callspace is a project of the Creative Capital Foundation.

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