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Wish You Were Here

Hello Everybody,

Next week, a new collaborative project, "Wish You Were Here", featuring audio greeting cards as sound bites, will be shown at Siggraph in San Diego. I thought I'd share it with you postcard style* * * * J

August 5-9, Siggraph 2007, Guerilla Studio, Sound Lab
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

(Colin Asquith, Terry Nauheim, Jennifer Schmidt)
Collaborative Sound Installation


A site for interactivity and reception, "Wish You Were Here" is a collective soundscape of audio greeting cards meant to be experienced within the hands of participants through physical and aural sampling. Our sounds are of field recordings, fragmented and manipulated to reinterpret the conventional notion of a sentiment in the model of a greeting card. Re-contextualizing recorded material within this format places limits—including time, compression, and availability—while initiating an accessible, portable, and participatory narrative.

Systems of exchange become evident through the selective re-authoring and re-playing of these sounds, quoting a theoretical giver and receiver. Through the opening and closing of cards on display, the gesture of a greeting becomes amplified, defining a space that is, at once, personal and public, intuitive and mechanical.

Installation: pre-recorded audio greeting cards, card display racks, microphones

Artists: Colin Asquith, Terry Nauheim, and Jennifer Schmidt