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Tuesday, May 3 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Aural Outpost

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The Depository: Aural Outpost highlights a form of communication that is being disrupted through text and graphical forms of communication -- the sound and voice. A social and liminal space is created through this project. GUI's are creating a new communication language. We can witness it through the grammatical twists used in text messages along with the proliferation of emoticons. Most people have had first-hand experiences with the misunderstanding a text message. Graphics and text open the gap for misinterpretation to exist. Sound closes this gap. Sound gives much more information regarding the communication -- mood, emotion, age, gender, culture, etc. -- that are not as obvious with the same graphical communications. More often than not, these aspects are lost along with the original intent of the message in text-based communications. Users call in to The Depository to leave voice messages or to listen to messages left by others. It unseats the disruptive nature of GUI's and text messages and seeks to facilitate communication between strangers through the buffer of asynchronicity and delay. It mimics crisis hotlines and applications like Voxer, yet reaches a broader audience in an attempt to establish a community within cyber space. Aural Outpost is the physical instantiation of The Depository's network. An on-site server regularly updates with The Depository's sounds and plays the messages periodically through the multichannel system. Each speaker is housed inside a felted cocoon along with a tiny light. The light level modulates according to the audio level of the message. This gives the users a temporal presence within the exhibition space. Viewers can listen to the audio traffic within the system as voyeur, but not an active participant. This enables viewers to piece together clips that others leave, allowing viewers to catch glimpses of these audio portraits and to weave together different narratives.

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Katherine Bennett

Artist, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Katherine Bennett is an interactive engineer and media artist who explores the liminal spaces and temporal experiences that technology creates. Her research focuses on how communication technologies are shaping our cultural interactions. Bennett utilizes sound and light to represent... Read More →

Tuesday May 3, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Clemente Center