Do you ever wonder what people around you are thinking about? What if you could hear everyone's thoughts at the same time?
“Thoughts” is a multimedia art installation that represents a field of multiple streams of consciousness gathered in one space. It is set at a gallery where the audience hears a tangled multitrack stream of different people’s thoughts and sees projected videos of the thoughts’ authors on the walls. In this chaotic sound atmosphere, it is impossible to distinguish any of the thought streams and connect them to the silent videos unless one uses a soundboard installed in the space.
Switching between 20 tracks each audience member can control the volume levels and ultimately - decide whose voice can be heard and whose voice can be shut at a given moment. To put at least one story together it requires coordination, agreement, and patience from all visitors, which is what any society needs in order to hear its members.
But is it possible to hear everyone? If not, who are you going to listen to? Those you can relate to or those you struggle to understand? The audience becomes a part of the installation to answer these questions.
Author: Natalia Yandyganova