Warren Burt - Shaman- In Memoriam Terrance McKenna
  Year :   2000
  Location :   Australia
  Worktype :   Sound Installation
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Tape
Poetry
Interactivity
  Work Details  
  Requested by Tony Trembath for Avago Korfeel - a display cabinet in the Sculpture Workshop at the Fine Arts Department at Monash University's Caulfield Campus. This took place between 4-9 September 2000. The cabinet itself has a glass window, two loudspeakers, and a timer switch controlling a small cassette player. The sound part of the piece was a one minute loop - given here as a wave file. The timer switch on the cabinet turned on sound for about 40 seconds. Each observer had to push in the button to hear what was on the tape. So each observer, if they wanted to hear the whole quotation, had to press the button several times. That is, each press of the button played only part of the sound, and a different part each time. The graphics are described in the enclosed program note. This appeared on the wall (as shown in one of the photos) next to the cabinet. By moving around in front of the cabinet, the viewer could assemble different concrete poems - different collections of the available words. A very modest interactive installation, but it seemed appropriate to the circumstances. On sending the video and sound of the installation to Dr. Ralph Abraham, chaos mathematician, and one of McKenna's collaborator's, he expressed delight, saying that the installation was indeed a fitting monument for Terrence and his work.