A silent tribute to the sounds (and scents) of aviation. Digital composite made using: 1) stock image of a woman spraying perfume, 2) images of aircraft, 3) a smoke texture.
1. Silence as commodity: Deploy an anechoic stall in Times Square, NYC. One person uses the stall at a time, and it is not free; it accepts field recordings as payment, through a USB port on its side. If the payment is accepted, the door unlocks, and the user is free to enter for a time. The “noisiness” of the field recording (as calculated by an algorithm) determines the amount of time the user is allowed to remain in the stall.
2. Silent objects/imagined sound: Two strangers sit across from each other and lock eyes. Each silently imagines a conversation with the other. Some time passes, and the participants record the details of their conversations on slips of paper, which they then exchange with each other.
3. Silence as oppression: A directional speaker that hisses “shh” toward pedestrians who cross its path.
4. Silencing yourself: Imagine that all sounds physically push you away from their source. With this in mind, start walking, allowing yourself to be pushed by sounds. Stop when you reach equilibrium.
5. Memory: In a relatively quiet location, close your eyes and mentally scream. Your mental scream should crescendo until it is unbearable.