We can not resist the ultimate and peremptory nature of communication. In the communicative process, part of our attention tightly adheres to the object, forming a single organ alienated from us, which no longer obeys us but enjoins us. The speaker’s throat, the air through which the sound waves pass, and the listener’s ears form an organic unity. We are not able to break this unity at the level at which it occurs. We can’t stop perceiving a communicative message — it arises too rapidly for us to decide to see or not to see, to hear, or not to hear, to understand or not.
Intervention, performative object, ZKM, Karlsruhe
Media Ecology series
The loudspeaker was installed as an intervention in the ZKM museum’s corridor and worked for two weeks. Every fifteen minutes, it reproduced the phrase: “We use your ears and your eyes now!” Fifteen minutes is the time for a visitor to pass this corridor from one segment of the museum to another.