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Pence Gallery, Davis CA
Artists: Jiayi Young & Shih-Wen Young, in collaboration with M. Azevedo (sound engineer)
Medium: commercial freight packaging boxes and material, wheat paste, motion sensors, electronics, binaurally recorded sound, natural sunlight
This room-size installation was created as a statement on consumerism, constructed as a giant camera obscura. One wall of the structure has a pinhole that looks out onto the street. Through the pinhole, images of street movement form inside the camera, and trigger embedded motion sensors to play 24 binaurally prerecorded sounds of daily activities - eating, running water, food preparation, transportation, telecommunication, etc. – our patterns of ongoing consumption.
Historically, cameras have been used to capture a moment in time. Enclosed in this camera obscura are samples of ever-evolving moments of daily consumption taking place.