MINGLE

2007, 2014, 2019

At Mingles core, the installation is a voyeuristic sound piece that interacts with audio messages left by people in local or remote locations and uses their conversations as fodder for sound experimentation. 

Version 1.0 in 2007, simple but elegant red phones are used as the tool for people to listen into the sound poem as well as allowing them to leave their own messages. The sound poem then loops until another is created through new messages. The location of the red phones change from time to time and is flexible as long as there is a connection to the Internet. 

Version 2.0 in 2014 expanded on the idea of a never ending sound poem by adding a layer of encryption utilizing one time pads that engage participants to leave messages that were encrypted which then gave them access to other messages that the participants left. This system investigated and experimented with private and public access to private messages and who would be allowed access to them. 

Version 3.0, engages with voice activated Artificial Intelligence algorithms and pre-trained models used commonly in smart home appliances and other electronic devices. Participants will interact with an AI to leave messages for others and explore the unknown landscape of voice activated and machine learned responses.

Interior workings of the red phones. 2007 NYC.

Mingle Version 2.0 exhibited at the Central Academy of Fine Art Museum (CAFAM), 2014. 

Mingle 1.0, exhibited at Parsons the New School for Design, New York, 2007.