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Simultaneity: Entanglement

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Telematic sound installation by
Juan Pampin, Eunsu Kang, Joel S. Kollin

Feb. 7 - Mar. 1, 2008 (Wed-Sat Noon-5PM)
Opening receptions Thursday, Feb. 7th 6-9PM

911 Media Arts Center
402 9th Ave. N, Seattle

SOIL Gallery
112 Third Ave. S, Seattle

Entanglement draws a symbolic acoustic line between two distant locations, SOIL Gallery and 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle. A hyper-directional sound beam linearizes the acoustics of the two galleries creating the illusion of a single, infinite line of sound into which both sites get trapped. This fragile acoustic construction can be physically disturbed by the participants at each location. Using their body, participants can interfere with the acoustic waveguide, spilling over particles of the linear sound field into the room as they block their transit to the other site. The piece not only provokes the "entanglement" of the participants with their own sonic perception locally but also remotely, as the acoustic shadow of their bodies gets cast onto the other space. In this way, Entanglement explores the concept of "tele-absense" (rather than tele-presence), using a virtual acoustic channel to telematically project the disembodied presence of participants interacting with the acoustic waveguide.

This collaborative installation is part of the Ultrasonic Sound Beams in Media Arts research project, supported by the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), University of Washington (http://www.dxarts.washington.edu).