Project: Sound Installation
Grant: Fay Chandler Seed Grant
Location: Boston, MA



“To live together in the world means essentially that a world of things is between those who have it in common, as a table is located between those who sit around it; the world, like every

Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

SUPERCOMMUNAL is an architectural sound event that centers around a two-story table, serving as both a physical and virtual platform for performances exploring issues of race, identity, and politics in architecture. The TABLE, an architectural domestic object is scaled to the dimensions of the communal and theatrical, and will serve the double task of interiorizing its activities within its constructed environment, while also communicating outwardly by recording and broadcasting itself.

The TABLE will have a built-in recording system used to collect audio data while in use for performances or dialogues, as well as a novel transcription software for the translation of audio into text. Two large-scale closed-door dinner events will invite a cohort of writers, designers, artists, activists, and thinkers to engage in a live-recording session in which the night's dialogues will be recorded for the purposes of rapid-publishing a volume upon the completion of the TABLE’s exhibition. Participants will be able to enable and disable the TABLE’S recording system thereby mediating and editing as a collective. When the TABLE is not engaged in live physical use, this data will be composed into an audio experience emanating from the TABLE itself via its built-in soundsystem. The ghostly history of the TABLE will be present while not actively occurring in real-time or in the room itself.

Visitors will be invited to sit at different seats of the TABLE, experiencing different aural perspectives. As a special public event a 1-hour broadcast of a musi performance by artist Debora Garcia will emanate from the TABLE at high-volume for a larger public audience. Upon completion of its physical exhibition, The TABLE
will yield a book and soundscape via custom vinyl record.    

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