Collaboration with Christopher Coleman
Taking Sides is an interactive installation. Entering the installation, the viewer becomes an instant participant rather than a passive viewer. They are directly implicated in a debate, siding with one view or the other. The viewer's location in the installation space is sensed and interpreted as reinforcement for that viewpoint which triggers randomly generated sound from a pool of clips whose intensity is translated into physical motion via several fans on each side. The viewer can choose to position themselves with other participants thus increasing the dominance of that position, expressed as growing intensity in physical and sonic exchange; or take the minority position on the other side to attempt to change the balance of power.