Interactive environment with 64 digital sound storage units. Electronics by Dirk Zschammer. This environment is a poem thrown into space, a non-linear narrative, retrievable through a physical presence only. It is an audio-visual portrait of an imagined female persona. It forms a bodyless retrievable matrix capable of being developed, where visitors can activate the individual elements by approaching them physically.
„The Singular One consists of 64 digital sound storage units and retrieval devices in clear plastic boxes with flashing light elements and movement sensors, which are arranged one meter apart, in the manner of a chess board, on the floor of a darkend space. Entering the installation triggers the flashing light and the voices, with each sentence played back at a constant volume for about a minute. It would be possible to quote Duchamp and say that this is the way the viewer makes the art-work, but equally possible – and more specific and complete – to say that s/he is made part of the art-work, one which has been created by the artist with this very intention. Walking sets the work in motion, the rhythm of people´s steps creates a new speech rhythm, every path is a kind of a story, a possible way of connecting the sentences. The faster a person walks or as more people move into the area, so the further the installation moves from being perceived as having semantically meaningful syntactic units, and toward being a complex, rhythmic sound space.”
Barbara Köhler in artintact4 – CD-ROMagazine of interactive art, ZKM/ center for art and media Karlsruhe 1997
E Environment A Audio