Voice Array

Subsculpture 13
As a participant speaks into an intercom, his or her voice is automatically translated into flashes of light and then the unique blinking pattern is stored as a loop in the first light of the array. Each new recording pushes all previous recordings one position down and gradually one can hear the cumulative sound of the 288 previous recordings. The voice that was pushed out of the array can then be heard by itself.

Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Name in spanish: Matriz de Voz
Year of Creation: 2011
Technique: Intercom, array of lights (usually LED), holosonic speaker, custom-made hardware and software
Dimensions: Variable dimensions, up to 960 channels
Keywords: interactive, database, indoor, sound, lights, recorder.
Collections: Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.)
Photo library (click to expand)
2014 - Carroll / Fletcher Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2013 - Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 - Bitforms gallery, New York City, New York, United States



  • Gideon May - Programming, custom hardware and software
  • Pierre Fournier, Sébastien Dallaire, Guillaume Tremblay, Tyson Parks - production support