lewis keller back to works
adjacent frequencies

a collaborative installation with phil stearns. Guests are greeted by a silent collection of black boxes on pedestals and a headphone amplifier by which to explore the hidden sounds within. Phil designed slowly changing oscillator and motor circuits which leak electromagnetic radiation which can be picked up by a phone-tap pickup. Unbeknownst to the unsuspecting interactee, their headphone amplifier also contains a FM Transmitter whose transmission is broadcast over loud speakers hidden in the ceiling outside of the installation room. The piece addresses social and cultural ways of simultaneously interfacing with versions of the same experience while still remaining in isolation (television, movies, radio, etc.), techno-fetishization (as exemplified by the ever present Black Box), as well as domestic spying and right-to-privacy issues.