News & Stories

Redux Premieres Callspace as part of PIXILERATIONS [v.7] in Rhode Island

September 27, 2010

Callspace Machines with Magnets Gallery Pawtucket, RI September 30–October 10 With the advent of wireless communication, social places have become progressively more antisocial. Mobile communication devices have the ability to remove users from their surroundings and project them into a metaspace outside the physical world. 2006 Emerging Fields grantee Redux’s Creative Capital project, Callspace, which premieres this week, reverses this paradigm by giving a voice to forgotten places. Callspace is a sound installation that utilizes cellular technology to carry ambient sound from locations throughout a given metropolitan area—inaccessible and uninhabited locations, chosen because their soundscapes often go unnoticed—to a different location. Six mobile phones modified to run on solar power and to answer incoming calls automatically are placed in remote locations, and connections are made between these phones and cellular telephones in an exhibition space. The output of each site-specific phone is wired directly to a dedicated loudspeaker housed in a monolithic speaker enclosure that gallery visitors approach and through which they experience sound. The sounds inside a clock tower, atop a telephone pole, under a wind turbine: these are the voices of unique, localized areas in a world that increasingly turns private space into a commodity and rarifies it. Callspace gives listeners the ability to eavesdrop on this tacit chorus, to enter a soundscape outside of their daily experience. Callspace is presented as part of PIXILERATIONS [v.7], a new media showcase of FirstWorks Festival. Back to Listing