Men Seeking

Sound Installation

This is an architectural sound installation, which plays voicemails of men who are using online services to find a long-term girlfriend. In each recording, the caller describes himself and what type of woman he wants to find. The voices range from proud and hopeful to desperate and broken. Each call reveals a distinct vulnerability, and encourages us to relate to a stranger’s constructed emotional state.

The installation accommodates just one person and inside sound plays from an overhead. Inside, a black velvety fabric dampens the sound and act as cocoon. The intent is to create an empty space for your mind and shut out other sensory perceptions to focus on only interior thoughts. From the outside, muffled voices can be heard and only the feet of the person inside the enclosure can be seen, suggesting a changing room or other temporary transformation space.