Hearing Hands is an interactive, modern day ritual that invites participants to immerse their hands and listen. As they explore the object, a calming generative composition dictated by their hand movements runs alongside a hyper-real version of the original sound, allowing the participant to observe their hands in relation to the sonic textures. The combination of the sound with the physical properties of the object incite playful and often entrancing interactions, as the object cascades, swells and sounds to the movement.
This project was conceptualised whilst questioning the ways in which we communicate in the modern world - largely through information technology that is driven by an attention economy. These technologies, through their business models and design, incite a temporal ambiguity and sensory bias, through the constant regeneration of the ‘new’ and their disembodied modes of communication.
Hearing Hands, imagined as a larger object to engage communal as well as individual experience, draws on Byung Chul Han’s view that rituals offer spaces that distance us from ourselves, through the process of individual and communal embodiment. Building on previous works which explored sounds application for engaging the body, this piece explores the hands as an enabling physical function of information technologies, and thus seeks to draw attention to their gestures and dexterity through playful interactions with touch, sound and music.