Game of Skill 2.0
Concept by Christine Sun Kim
Built by Levy Lorenzo
Deaf since birth, Christine Sun Kim explores her unique subjective experiences with sound in her work. Game of Skill 2.0 was exhibited in “Greater New York”, an interactive piece where viewers were invited to touch a staff-like device attached to a velcro strip hung above their heads. As they walked, dragging the device along the strip, a radio played sound at levels and speeds depending on the direction and speed of the participant.
I think that her work is really interesting and interactive. Instead of having an exhibition that just displays the sound, it requires audience interaction, in order for them to hear. Each sound made is different too, uniquely to its own. Furthermore, being deaf since birth, sound is an element than Sun Kim is unable to receive and hear. However, that doesn’t affect her attitude towards life and she remains positive, creating sound art for audience to enjoy.
Laughing Escalator by Jim Green, Located at Colorado Convention Center
Visitors descending an escalator encounter an unexpected serenade of laughter mysteriously rising from beneath their feet. Recorded laughs come up through small cracks between steps, with a different voice heard every eight feet of the ride. Inside the escalator, a sound system broadcasts a call and response volley of laughter between the speakers. The resulting open-air mix of sound creates a continually changing pattern of rhythms constructed from laughter. A variety of clear, wholesome voices are used. The permanent installation of the “Laughing Escalator” provides a unique asset for the facility and an attraction for the conventioneer.
Based on an escalator, it is a really interesting work of art as it is unexpected to hear laughter while stepping onto an escalator. It adds on with a quirky vibe to the convention center too. I feel that if one steps onto the escalator and hears the laughter, it might brighten up one’s day.