The enlarged jack plug is mounted on a microphone stand and is an interactive sculptural sound generating instrument. It is displayed in galleries and is used in live performance. The piece arose through experiments manipulating sounds that are created from the electrical interference heard when the tip and sleeve of a standard jack plug are touched.
A wide variety of sounds can be created, from high pitched squeals to low frequency rumbles. as a standard jack plug is only about 6cm in length and is difficult for an audience to see unaided, this larger version was created to generate the desired noise and to look visually impressive. It also explores how the aesthetics of an object can change when its scale is altered.
The enlarged jack plug is used in conjunction with a modified distortion pedal which has had its electronics removed from their original container and are rehoused in an open topped box so that the electronics can be seen and touched. By touching and interacting with the electronics while also touching the jack plug, many different sounds can be created.
The experience explores what qualities of movement convey a sense of presence, a sentience that is alive and sympathetic to your existence. The piece aims to create a meditative space into which the only thing retained is movement.
Installation posing the question of whether computers can be racist by highlighting the potential for discrimination of face recognition technology.