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Concept

This project loosely revolves around life and purpose, tackling the question of why we continue to choose life by looking at (or more precisely, listening to) the positive and negative experiences of others, and their answers to this big question. In the form of an installation piece, guests will have the opportunity to listen to stories from six different people. These stories will be constantly playing on a loop and photographs of 'life' that I have been taking will gradually fall to the floor.

My main goal with this project is to allow users to reflect on their own positive and negative experiences and think about why we do it. I haven't come to an answer myself, so I certainly don't expect that from others! I simply want people to listen, feel, see what resonates with them, and *maybe* get a little uncomfortable with their thoughts.

In my past works, the focus on myself and my thoughts was very prominent, so I really wanted to take this opportunity to showcase the experiences and stories of others. I chose themes of purpose, existentialism, mental health, and a lack of control because these are things I struggle with and find myself thinking about, whether or not I like it. Art is a useful & beautiful outlet for processing stress and gives us the space to do so. The stories of others have always fascinated me and I find it important to hear about the different ways that we all go through and experience life. 

 

My decision to have the audio constantly playing was influenced by life's tendency to move on without us, and my fear that goes along with this. However, the involvement of photographs was inspired by a counter to this anxiety around losing control; as rushed & unfair as life tends to be, we do get occassional moments to take in our surroundings, represented here with literal moments in time, photographs. I want the photographs to enhance what's being said in the stories and inspire viewers' imaginations.

I will be working with Arduino, specifically using HCSR-04 Range Finders, Standard speakers, a DFPlayer Mini, and a continuous-rotation Servo. When guests stand within three feet from the piece, the Range Finders will tell the Arduino to activate the Servo, causing the wheels to roll the photographs out of their tray. I will gather the photographs mainly using a digital camera. After falling, the photographs will stay on the ground throughout the entire gallery showing, with multiple backups stored inside the tray, and will be manually reset by me at the end of each day's showing. 

This project will also be able to live online, post-gallery showing, by adding the audio files & pictures onto this website! Updates on that to come... 

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