Interactive sound installation, 2005
Engineering: Jean-Baptiste Droulers
Encore is an interactive sound installation presented in an exhibition space. Something of an “absence detector,” this device emits the sound of cheering fans when the last viewer exits the room and empties it of all human presence.
Although Encore can be considered an autonomous work, it is primarily conceived to be shown in the same room as a visual interactive installation that brings into play an image of a sport or performance, as do the projects Training Center, Keep your Guard Up, What's More With Many, or pOlymic Games, by the same artist. These installations lure the viewer’s gesture onto the performative terrain of sport and/or spectacle.
Invisible and barely perceptible, Encore surprises the viewer with a sound just when he is leaving and has his back to the piece he has just maneuvered. Calling for a return of what the viewer has just seen or done, this propels the viewer into a state of slight confusion. What are people applauding? Where is the cheering coming from? Who is it for? The viewer? The protagonists in the image? The place and the actors of the performance are inconclusive; are they in the image and/or before the image? The “staging of the spectator” is two-fold in that it can equally be understood as passive and active.