Machine For Singing, documentation, Mark Kohl, 2009

Machine for Singing is an interactive piece installed in two rooms that are visually disconnected but within hearing distance of each other. The viewer engages the machine by walking on a carpet, activating pressure sensitive switches under foot that send an electronic pulse to one of forty solenoids that in turn impact a fake Song dynasty bowl in another room. This piece engages the idea of cause and unknown effect, like the relations between consumers and makers of consumed objects. Machine for Singing is also a reflection on the demise of the idea of local as import and export of raw materials, product and waste destabilize geographic borders.