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Axis Gallery, Sacramento CA
Artists: Jiayi Young, Shih-Wen Young in collaboration with M. Azevedo (sound engineer)
Medium: post-consumer packaging material, flour, paint, 2-channel audio, visualized sound
Dimensions: approximately 11.5’ x 7.5’
This installation was created shortly after the Fukushima nuclear accident. 7.9 square meter roughly equals to 85 square foot of space. This is the size of the apartment Jiayi Young and her parents lived 30 years ago in Shanghai, China. Modern day American post-consumer packaging material is used to reconstruct the furniture in the apartment. Audio layers weave in and out of the sonic tapestry including sound sources such as a recording of a commercial from late night television, referencing cliché sound effects from sci-fi and U.S. Department of Energy films of the ’50s and the ’60s. The viewers are invited to walk into the space. They are lulled by the murmuration. The sound visualizer uses Chaos Theory as the basis for calculation. The visual representation speaks to the chaotic nature, thus the uncontrollability of nuclear reaction, and the radioactive danger associated with nuclear energy generation. Set in the presence of a home, this installation examines energy generation and consumption, threading between past and present, nearby and far away, memory and perception, dream and reality.
The sound visualization method was originally developed during an 2007 artist residency in France. Special thanks to Tadashi C. Ozawa, Dmitriy Perebikovskiy, Sophia Young, and dear friends and neighbors who kindly contributed to this project.