In collaboration with Amanda Baum and Jolien Van Schagen
In the early nineteen-hundreds radio pioneer Marconi proposed that sound never dies. Whilst these past sounds may not be perceived by the human sensory system, they remain as exponentially decreasing vibration in the environment, in objects, and our bodies.
Akouo, meaning “I hear” in Greek, and relating to “acoustic”, the agent to assist sound and hearing, looks to enable listening to sound over time. Bringing into question the wholeness of the human sensory world, Akouo speculates on creating the ability to sense these non-audible sounds. Ambient noises are encapsulated and reverberated through the object, thus giving it sound memory.
Seeing the body as an object equal to its surroundings, Akouo plays on the paradoxical notion of anthropomorphobia (the fear of recognising human-characteristics in nonhuman objects) and the desire to touch; sensations simultaneously comforting yet unnerving. Akouo affords an intimate interaction, inviting one to touch, speak, listen, and consider the presence of noise.