an equalizing space (Living Together) consisted of two aluminum foil sheets suspended with cables from the ceiling in a satellite gallery. Each sheet of foil was 2 feet wide, hung at about 7.5 feet high, and ran out onto the floor towards the viewer for about 1.5 feet. The sheets were hung just far apart that someone might pass between them. A video projection was mapped onto the foil sheets. The room had four speakers that emitted two different soundscapes: the first soundscape was closest to the entrance to the room and farthest from the foil sheets. This soundscape was comprised of what I consider to be ambient human sounds. The second soundscape was closest to the foil sheets, and was comprised of higher-pitch, material sounds. Blackout fabric was sewn so as to completely cover the top of the gallery space. Air circulation in the larger building where the piece was installed entered the gallery space, causing the foil sheets to gently move and audibly rustle. 

 

Not all sentient matter has voice, speech, and the ability to articulate a sense. In an equalizing space (Living Together), I consider a material's state of perception, and resist inventing its state of action.

 © 2020 by Grace Marie DeWitt, visual artist

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