Medien Kultur Haus
2009, installation, Medien Kultur Haus, Wels, Austria funded by Linz 2009 Kulturhauptstadt Europas.
TheROOM' is a study of 'hearing through the walls, partitions, and visually blocked area' by Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat). It is a simulation of your neighbor. Any kind of neighbor: next door, any home on the street you'd walk by, the office room next to you, etc. We hear sounds all the time through visual partitions beyond which we tend to believe 'the separate space there.' However, aurally speaking, the space is not easily divided with clear lines. Complexity resides in the overlaps. The overlaps are the intersections of aural arena, and the region of ambiguity.
There are many questions on 'the region' and our reactions towards the 'bleeding' (things not fitting in the visual boundaries.) What is happening in there? What are we sharing? - though we seem to make attempts to block anything 'not matching' with the visual boundaries? Have amendments on city's zoning laws affected our hearing and sense of sharing with neighbors? Are we hearing? Do we know our neighbors?
TheROOM plan #1 (.pdf)
TheROOM plan #2 (.pdf)
Photos at Flickr (if you can't view the below)