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Interactive Installations : Echoing Narcissus (1987)


Echoing Narcissus is an interactive sound-sculpture in the form of a well, covered in copper sheet and printed circuit boards. It is a re-telling of Ovid's myth of Narcissus and Echo. All sounds made in the proximity of the sculpture are lowered in frequency and played through a speaker at the bottom of the well. A reflective sheet of plastic stretched over the speaker creates a distorting mirror representing water at the bottom of the well. The treated sound is picked up by the microphone providing a delayed feedback which causes all sounds to cascade toward the sub-audible range. creating a sort of acoustic gravity which draws the spectator toward the well to be confronted with his or her own image, distorted at the bottom of the well.


This work is a sort of black hole of communication into which the observer loses himself or herself in the infinite restructurings of voice and image. (Next)


"Guerilla Tactics", A Space, Toronto, Canada.

"Guerilla Tactics", McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada.
"Images du Futur", Montréal, Canada.
"Guerilla Tactics", MacDonald-Stewart Gallery, University of Guelph, Canada.

"artware: Kunst und Elektronik", Hannover, West Germany.
BMW Gallery, Munich, West Germany.
permanent installation in Hannover, West Germany.

Art Space, Peterborough, Canada

Tempozan Contemporary Art Museum, Osaka, Japan

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