October 12th through November 18th, 2007
at vertexList, Brooklyn
A mixed media collaboration by visual artist Brice Brown and composer Alan Shockley. "Selling The Sound of My Voice" is a complex, interactive installation created by visual artist Brice Brown and composer Alan Shockley. Attempting to expose the fluidity in the relationship between sight and sound, Brown and Shockley have devised a system of analogous symbols and sounds that they used throughout the three pieces on view. Though these symbols appear to be only decorative (and indeed use decoration as a way to bait the viewer) nothing is superfluous, for every visual mark finds a direct correlation in sound. The exhibition centers on a large wall-mounted piece consisting of 88 twelve-inch square aluminum panels, and a looped 30-minute electro-acoustic score. Each one of the 88 panels corresponds to a family of sounds heard in the score. What sets this piece in motion is the sale of the individual panels, because at the point of purchase, each tile must be immediately removed from the wall, while the sounds it represents must also be removed from the score. In this way, as suggested by the exhibition's title, the financial success of the show will continually reduce the work so that it eventually becomes non-existent. Also on view is a touch screen version of the larger main pieces. With this piece, the viewer is able to select any combination of tiles-sounds by touching the screen. The selected sounds will be heard on a pair of headphones, and the tiles will be projected onto the wall. Here the viewer is able to exert total control over the piece. Two limited edition prints with accompanying headphones are also on view, each one an example of combinations of the symbols and their corresponding sounds as selected by Brown and Shockley. For the opening, Shockley will perform live on a melodica, joining this live musical element to the many layers of the installation's sound.