“The Desk Lab” is a participatory sound project that involves listening, thinking, reflecting, and making. It is composed of a sound work and an interactive noise box. The listening station is transformed into a laboratory where audiences can explore and add sounds to the audio work, entitled Water and Dreams, in real-time. The desk resembles a musical instrument as it has the sound-making objects—strings, springs, and elastic bands—built onto it. Audiences are encouraged to play with the objects and explore its auditory effects. The contact microphones connected to the desk deliver the sounds through the speaker.
Water and Dreams is a six-minute-long audio piece made from field recordings and samplings of underwater sounds from streams, rivers, and the sea. It is accompanied by narration and breathing sounds at intervals that get shorter as the narrator submerges deeper. Water and Dreams is an audio sensory experience of inner thought reflections and of going inside of oneself.
Audiences discover sounds on their own and react with the introspective sound piece in a meditative process of self-reflection.
- Lina Choi
Lina Choi was born in South Korea in 1990. She is a visual artist who majored in sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London (UK), and is currently living and working in Québec. Through her installation works, she utilises sounds by exploring the relationship between unspoken social expectations/rules placed on individuals, and how the sole identity of humans locates them in societies. Her most recent solo show The Noise Lab was held as part of her artist residency at Incheon Art Platform in South Korea. She presented a sound performance for Satellites (Bochum, Germany, 2021). She has also participated in group shows The 7th International New Media Art (CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea, 2021), Emergent Vision (London, UK, 2020) and the Leeds Summer Group Show (Leeds, UK, 2020).
The artist would like to especially thank Robin-d Gosselin-M.