Microphones is currently on display in the Gund Gallery’s exhibition Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Transition States. Microphones consists of one vintage 1939 Shure microphone in a separate room. As an interactive installation, viewers are encouraged to make sound into the microphone, and their voice will be recorded. Immediately after, half the time the installation will play the previous person’s voice back, while the other half replays a random recording from the past. The microphone can store up to 600,000 recordings. Although the viewer can control what they say, part of the experience is completely arbitrary.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Microphones, 2008, modified vintage microphones, electronics, computers and loud speakers
Amy Shirer ’18