Whisper Radio

2014

Voices: Karl Sparrman, Annelise Brandel Tanis

A FM radio transmitter fills the space with frequencies: whispering, intimate sound. Small transistor radios make these frequencies audible. The metal mesh walls, furniture, and objects interfere with this radio signal. Yet the bodies of human inhabitants conduct the signals changing the sonic and electromagnetic environment. As people move between and over the objects, the sound of whispers go in and out of static and are heard from various angles and distances. 

 

This sculptural environment forces a link between the movement of the human body with electromagnetic energy, sound, and the human voice. Central to human society for the past century, radio is made tactile by Whisper Radio. In this installation, radio manifests itself through flesh and architecture.