An interactive audio installation created by Nick Hubbard, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), NYU 2015. Found bookends and books, photocells, Arduino Uno.
Software: Arduino, Max/MSP, Audacity.
Two bookends with carved portraits of American Indians hold up a selection of books that face the participant. When any book is removed, a track that showcases a modern representation of American Indians by (mostly White) non-Indians suddenly begins playing. Replace the book, and the track pauses, waiting for you to re-engage. The collection of books becomes a synthesizer of our complicated cultural associations, made possible by the bookends, objects that rarely hold our attention. I used photocells talking to a Max patch to provide the audio.