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Sound Escape by Haya & Sama Khadra

SoundEscape: Close your eyes, or don’t.
Immerse yourself into the world of sound. Is this a story? Does a memory come to mind? We’ll reconvene at the end of the journey.

This website began as an attempt to explore the way our society has become jaded and numb to things they see on the internet. People have a subconscious obsession with clicking and scrolling through articles and images, jaded by the fact that there are real people in those photos and in those articles. In this desensitizing practice, compassion fades and numbness manifests. Instead of creating an experience where this practice is perpetuated, we wanted to investigate a way to give viewers the opposite effect—a creative, imaginative experience in which the mind is consciously working the right hemisphere of the brain. The Sound Escape is an experience in which users immerse themselves into the world of seemingly random sounds to ignite an idea, a memory, a story, a state of mind, a feeling, or even a thought. In the end, it doesn’t matter what it creates in the user, as long as it creates something. In this way, the user is actively experiencing this immersive experience. At the end of the journey, each user is encouraged to write down anything that came to mind while listening to this soundscape, and what is most interesting about it, is that each individual comes out with something different. What is beautiful about that is the unconscious compassion and interest involved in different people’s experiences. We decided to include a sculptural installation component because in order to be completely immersive and effective, the space has to be concentrated. The box is meant to be the ideal way that the website is viewed, no distractions, complete immersion. The internet is so open and shared that we wanted to create an ideal viewing for a site in a world where privacy is so elusive. In the sculpture, the viewer can see their eye projected a thousand times, this not only could be a reminder of the viewer’s awareness of an enclosed and safe space, but also a metaphor for the lack of privacy we have today with surveillance. This in turn also functions as an oxymoron, as the viewer explores ideas of public surveillance and privacy at the same time. This concept connects to our surveillance project as well, where we wrote that is is in the realm of privacy, the “ability to go somewhere we can think, reason, interact without judgmental eyes where creativity and exploration and dissent exclusively reside”. In this project our idea was to spark creativity using sound and image, and in this installation, the private element makes creativity obtainable. Our piece reminds us a lot of Nam June Paik’s Tv cello (1971) that we read about in Ellen Tani’s essay, because this piece seemed to question the extent to which technology can provide a real and meaningful sensory experience, or whether technology necessarily alters our experience (of sight, sound, etc.) This project shows that technology can actually provide a meaningful sensory experience as it touches on many levels sensory and perceptively of conversations about creativity in relation to sound, image, privacy and surveillance.

Private viewing box for Sound Escape.