Songs of Collective Isolation (2020)

Electronics, wood, digital media. 110cm x 110cm x 140cm.
1 cubic meter of spatialised sound and light Object and immersive experience.

Songs of Collective Isolation is an immersive experience for quiet spaces.

Technically, the work uses the advanced decentralised multichannel audio systems developed for public art installations such as Wave (Salisbury Cathedral, 2018-19), Desert Wave (Burning Man Festival, 2019) and Murmuration (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2019-20), but here presented as contemplative object, rather than immersive walk-through experience.

The piece retains the key hallmarks of Squidsoup’s work – highly spatialised audio, beguiling immersive visual experience – but presented not as a walkthrough public space but as an object for contemplation: a single cubic meter of spatialised immersive sound and light.

Squidsoup are known for their novel large scale immersive public art works that draw people to public spaces, generating unique social interactions and interventions.

Songs of Collective Isolation is a recognition that Covid has fundamentally altered the dynamics of these public interactions – it is a response to and reflection on the effects of lockdown and social distancing, isolation and aloneness.

It is a reflection on our evolving understanding of these fractured social connections, imagining the relationship between the individual and community as an evolving series of harmonious and disharmonious dialogues between points of light and sound.

The piece distils Squidsoup’s understanding of light and sound in space, of its tones, timbre, form and structure into a new sculpted light and sound work that sits between object and experience.

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