Portable Sound Installations
Portable Sound Installations are audio works that focus on sound, listening and space, are easily distributed to the public, are transferable, don't require large amounts of equipment to present, and do not require that the public go to a gallery or special installation space to experience them. Decree One: A Dire Warning of Eternal Retribution, already produced, is a small piece of software-as-audio-composition freeware which runs on any Macintosh computer and can be easily distributed via floppy disc, FTP/web site downloading or CD-ROM. This makes the computer and space around it, the site of the installation. Briefly, Electronic Mail Card(working title) will be special audio postcard which will fashioned similarly to those Hallmark musical greeting cards that play a little melody with a tiny sound chip built into them when you open the card up. I believe that this idea is ripe for re-interpretation. Electronic Mail Card(working title) will utilize the postal system as an effective means of distribution. Electronic Mail Card(working title) will make peoples private space the site of an audio art intervention .
Mail art is a form of communication which uses the postal system to exchange 'art' amongst people that are very often strangers. One of the important characteristics of mail art is the one-to-one exchange of communication between the artist and the receiver with the receivers personal space; home, office or studio being the 'site' of exchange. This idea could also be considered an art intervention as the receiver does not know that this exchange is about to happen when the daily mail is delivered. The roots of this form of communication has its origins dating to the beginning of the postal service. Artists in the early 20 century such as Picasso, Duchamp, the poet Mallarme, the Futurists, Dadaists, etc. all participated in mail art exchanges as part of their process of finding new ways that art could be experienced. During the '60s 'Fluxus' artists popularized and formalized Mail Art exchanges. Unjuried exhibitions were announced to all with the idea that any one could participate. Ray Johnson, a 'Fluxus' artist, founded the New York Correspondence School still in operation today. Mail Art has changed in time to include faxes, Xerox collages, artist books, audio cassettes and CDs, computer discs, email and Internet exchanges.
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