Voice Array

Submitted by Bitforms Gallery

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Client: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Location: Sydney, Australia

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $110,000

Project Team

Art Consultant

bitforms gallery

bitforms gallery

Artist

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Overview

“Voice Array” is a construction for vocal improvisation that uses blinking LEDs and a customized intercom system of audio playback and recording. Capturing hundreds of voices and translating each one into a series of light flashes, the piece stores a unique pattern as a loop in the first light of the array, until the next participant speaks into the intercom.

Additional Information

Each new recording is pushed along its long horizontal band of LEDs, as sounds of the voices gradually accumulate. When the first voice reaches the other side of the piece, the participant’s phrase is once again released as sound, punctuated by the staggering pulsation of all the lights in tandem. The ever-changing voices stored by the piece play back through a directional speaker, during moments of less activity.