A Trip to Your Closet, a Trip to Your Imagination
- The Fearful 00:00
My installation requires for the audience to select one of the two choices given, as mentioned above, put on the headphones put out and go into the closet for a 15-minute audio imagination experience. For the presentation of my work, I have included a video of myself doing a stimulation of this installation process. For this particular stimulation, I chose to work with The Fearful option.
My initial approach started off with a similar yet very different idea of investigating "audio branding" and "sound logos" for commercial enterprises. I was drawn to the fact that a sound could become so deeply engraved into the audience's mind to create an identity with it; it was kind of like how a voice works as an identity for a person. Often times, people don't even realize it's being used around them. When furthering my research, I learned that one of the most important features to a successful audio identity was the need for it to either convey or elicit an emotion from its audience. Immediately being drawn to this idea of emotion, I combined my idea of "voices" and "emotions" and determined to create a "voice" for an "emotion".
Categorizing the complex field of emotions into two simplified categories, I created the two options that the audience can choose from, as I explained above: The Wonderful and The Fearful. The audio file exemplified in the stimulation video above is The Fearful. The Fearful, as the name suggests is a composition of sounds that arouse fear. It signifies danger and causes unease in the audience. The Wonderful is a composition that takes the audience on an enjoyable wonder. It travels along the journey of a fairy tale or a fantastical world.
In creating these two general moods, I wished for the audience to be able to imagine the scenes and moment that are wonderful and fearful to them. Hence, I chose to set up the installation in the closet. The closet, for me, associates itself with a place where I can daydream and get caught up imaginative worlds--similar to the image portrayed in The Narnia. In the common, undecorated closet, I am able to bring myself back, with the aid of my sound composition, to those childhood days when I used to take imaginative trips. The sound it meant to be listened to with headphones for proximity and stereo speakers on about half volume.
- The Wonderful 00:00