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-Graphic Designer studying Media Art and Design (M.F.A.)-
Both drawings reflect where I spend most of my time, the kitchen. I love cooking and to eat. The exploration of sound through visual manifestations was at first hard but I found the movement of the line helpful to explain or translate the sounds I was experiencing.
Visual Sound #1 is my first approach to the task of drawing sound and it developed as a timeline where each section corresponds to a particular sound I could distinguish or seemed interesting to me at the time. Using color, pressure, rhythm, and materials the differentiation between the sounds is evident. The drawing represents a particular time in the space analyzing sounds and expressing them in a visual form.
Visual Sound #2 is a recompilation of the time spent in the space, the composition shows similarities but now sounds are not intended to be alone but to show how they interact and make a global environment. Minimizing materials, simplifying the composition and using a global view of the space help with the realization of the drawing.
The concept of the sound walk started with the intrigue of differently abled persons, especially people that need hearing aids. With technology, people that have problems with hearing are able to use devices to hear. Since 1600’s people have been using devices to enhance hearing.
How does it feel to have a different perception of space and sound? We use our ears for collecting sounds, processing them, sending sound signs to your brain, and they also help us maintain balance. How would you feel if suddenly you could not hear? Probably you would have to adapt to your new condition and experience the world in a totally different way. By giving the participants earplugs they are obliged to perceive the space and sounds in a different way.
INSIDE / OUTSIDE: The walk started with some small instructions on how the earplugs where meant to be used. In the first attempt the choice of using two or one of the plugs was possible, also the decision of taking them off was up to each person. The walk was intended for the exploration of inner space and outer space, including our own bodies as inner space.
In the second attempt of the sound walk users where instructed to use both earplugs and remove them in certain locations.
1. (Earplugs) Inner part of the building, staircases.
2. (Earplugs) Busy street, a lot of outer sounds.
3. (Earplugs) Parking lot, almost no noise.
4. (No earplugs) Busy plaza, a lot of outer sounds and people.
5. (No earplugs) Busy plaza, listening to sounds of the Theater. It is intended to do walks when the Orquestra is rehearsing.