ROOTEDNESS

 

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ROOTEDNESS, 2014

MIXED MEDIA INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION WITH DIRT, WOOD, CONTACT MICROPHONES, SPEAKERS AND AUDIO
30"x 30"x 60"

Rootedness is an interactive installation that when a person touches soil on a table, the sounds are amplified and speaker produced vibrations are emitted on the person’s feet and other parts of their body. 

STATEMENT

“The only sense that is fast enough to keep pace with the astounding increase of speed in the technological world is sight. But the world of the eye is causing us to live increasingly in a perpetual present, flattened by speed and simultaneity” – Johani Pallasma, The Eyes of the Skin

“Touch teaches us that life has depth and contour, it makes our sense of the world and ourself three-dimensional” – Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

 The interactive installation “Rootedness” is a study of the relationship between touch and sound through technology designed to elevate the awareness of these senses. The focus is on diminishing visual stimulation to help reconcile the sense of touch, which is considered an almost obsolete sense with just private and practical uses. By becoming aware of it, one can better understand their own body and facilitate self-discovery. In much of western culture, the sense of sight is tantamount to truth. Not seeing means non-existence and humanity limits itself with a narrow perspective by only considering information obtained through sight. By becoming aware of unseen realities, one can leave old perspectives and create new guidelines for tackling today’s challenges and applying of new technologies.