Audio Transparencies explores the perception of architectural boundaries by introducing sounds into the gallery space from seven locations on the exterior walls of the building. Simultaneous recordings of the surrounding environment are synchronized and, with the use of a pd program, are played back individually over speakers positioned to align along the vectors of the recording sites.
By using audio technology to dissolve constructed architectural boundaries, this work challenges the affect of institutional spaces to isolate the people within from the environment and community without. Interior architectural spaces are designed to limit, or in this case eliminate, environmental influences by creating a temporary disassociation from the surrounding urban environment.
In this installation those associations are disrupted by projecting sounds from the surrounding urban environment into the interior space, reuniting the interior space with the external environment as a mediating conduit to draw the attention of the viewer/listener back to the surrounding community.
2007 Gallery 115, Ottawa University