walking machine is a portable sound piece designed to enable wearers to move through urban areas hearing the amplified sound of their own footsteps in real time. Each unit consists of lapel microphones modified to clip to low-cut shoes, a mini amplifier and a set of headphones.
The piece will be presented several times throughout the four-day period in different areas of Manhattan, weather permitting, for up to 6 people at one time. Participants will join the artist at point A, borrow a machine in exchange for a piece of identification (to ensure that the machine is returned) and wear the machine to travel to point B in a self-determined route. The shortest length of time from A to B will be approximately 30 minutes and the artist will meet participants at point B to engage in discussion.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jessica Thompson's studio practice consists of video, video installations and audio pieces that involve the re-articulation of the moment or glance through investigative play into the mechanics of recording. Her pieces explore parallels between physical location, psychological space, game playing and public performance by placing the viewer in a context which allows for a heightened state of perceptual awareness. Her work has been shown in Toronto and Chicago.