For this assignment, we are tasked to create a texture based on a good sound an a bad sound. Kind of a step up from last semester’s obscure cities project (which I enjoyed!) and our last project of create a sculpture out of smells.
I opened up my ears and really started to listen carefully. In my head, I started to think of my personal sounds. Musical instruments for example, or the sound of a pan fry cooking, or a dog panting… so on and so forth.
My good sound:
This is the sound of a vending machine! Back in Singapore Polytechnic, the area where I used to study was surrounded by vending machines. It was a pleasant memory as it reminds me of the good times then.
Then, we were given time to experiment at home to choose our own materials to represent the sound. I decided to go for aluminium, as I can imagine the presence of a huge metal thing containing more metal thingies for our needs!
My bad sound:
The high peaks of our squeaky classroom chair raises the many hairs on my body.
After the lesson, I decided to go with cardboard for my sound!
Overall, sound is another sense that is also underestimated in our human body. So far, this project reminds me of a condition called synesthesia, where people can see, taste or hear colours!
Read this article to find out more!
As an Art student, I wish I can live in their shoes for a day as well!
Upon reflection so far, I feel that I have to grow a lot in this area of interpreting our sense into various things. It is awesome to see how other classmates execute it, using such a variety of materials I never thought of utilizing and expressing things so accurately yet creatively. Perhaps the trick is not not think so much and just do it? Or maybe I just really need to take the time to explore in general. Can’t wait to start on the next project!
I think it’s about going with gut feeling Viena.. 😉 Having synesthesia can be quite a curse too … ie . Having heightened senses can have its pros & cons… If you have acute hearing you wouldn’t have a peaceful night’s sleep but it could also lead to exciting professions like being a somalier or perfumer.