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2007, 2014, 2019

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

Version 1.0 designed and developed in 2007 used red phones as the interface for participants to listen into the deconstructed and constructed sound poem made up of previous messages, as well as allow them to leave their own messages. The sound poem loops and transforms as new messages are thrown into the database. The devices are designed to be portable, allowing them to be installed and function anywhere there is internet connection. This flexibility enables the installation to intervene in public spaces outside of the gallery and museum. Mingle Version 1.0 was installed in different timezones in the USA, Asia and Europe,, allow audiences from different to experience telepresence conversations.

Version 2.0 designed and developed in 2014 expands on the idea of the never ending sound poem by adding a layer of encryption utilizing one time pads that engage participants to leave messages that were encrypted as well as allow them access to messages in the database. This system investigated and experimented with concepts of private and public access to information and questions who is allowed access. 

This piece was exhibited at the New Directions Exhibition at Plug-In Gallery (Basel),  Hyperseeing exhibition at CAFA Museum (Beijing), Kick! exhibition at Gallery Ho (New York), and at Parsons the New School for Design (New York). 

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

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


Interior workings of the red phones. 2007 NYC.

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