Sonic Intimacy

“Sonic Intimacy” is an interactive performance with wearable electronic devices that attempts to challenge the ‘proxemic’ relations between people. In this installation the performer is attached to the ceiling with elastic strings, which are stretch sensors. This act is turned into a sonic performance where different layers of sound are controlled by the elasticity of the strings. Consequently, the soundscape adapts to the performer’s movement emphasising the different ranges of proxemic relations between the performer and the participants.

The installation represents a persons ‘s intimate space, which according to the anthropologist E.T. Hall is 45cm radius around us and indicates a closer relationship or greater comfort between individuals. According to his theory the value in studying proxemics comes from its applicability in evaluating not only the way people interact with others in daily life, but also “the organisation of space in their houses and buildings, and ultimately the layout of their towns”.

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