Technological progress has given us tools to become more and more efficient, ensuring that no time is wasted. So now, we use every moment we get between important tasks and appointments to read an e-mail, glance at the news, rate a purchase, like a photo.
“Play lies outside the reasonableness of practical life,
has nothing to do with necessity or utility, duty or truth.
All this is equally true of music.“
The installation invites people to pause. To play. To get curious by single musical tones. And then learn how to control the poetic interplay of light and sound to produce harmonic tunes.
The instrument in the installation has been designed to be used with phones. But, in order to play, we have to turn off our screens. Eight light sensors wait for sunlight to be reflected off the shiny surface of our phones, triggering signals that are transformed into analogue sound. And while we play a song or two, the installation invites us to reflect on the non-digital virtues of our phones.