Bone conduction is a technology that allows you to hear a sound that is conducted directly to the inner ear through the bones. The bones are thus conducting vibrations to the inner ear bypassing the eardrum.
To realize a sound installation that incorporates the bone conduction technique I am working on objects that act as sculptural elements in an installation. They give the impression of a silent, soundless installation. But the installation is not a silent one. Sound is only hearable when interacting with the oscillating objects.
By positioning their bodies in the space the visitors are able to interfere and interact with the installation and thus the process of hearing and seeing becomes an active and performative element as well as something individually sensible and perceptible.
I intend to “extract” sounds and aesthetic phenomena that often remain hidden within the plenty of sensations determining our everyday lives. Poly-aesthetic experience of an installation invites the visitors to abandon the usual front view – bodies and their sensations become a place for the immaterial.
Miriam Hamann lives and works in Vienna and Berlin. Her recent work focuses on installations which deal with space and an investigation into the sculptural presence of everyday objects.