Erfan Abdi will attend a one-week residency at STEIM from 1 to 7 September 2017, at the end of which he will present the result of his work in Connector #3. During the residency he will work towards creating a concrete instance of his continuous experiments with vibration passing through matter, and present “The facility of the other”.
“The facility of the other” is the title of an interactive sound installation that turns the act of listening into a collaboration by exposing layers of its multi-layered sound based on the number of its listeners. One can hear the piece by holding a metal bowl against sets of double springs that are stretched on stands throughout the exhibition space, and putting one’s face inside a metal bowl to hear the piece. By pushing one’s face inside a confined metal sphere, “The Facility of The Other” first detaches one from the other, then amplifies the presence of the other by revealing more of its content as others join. By linking a solitary action to a group experience, this work invites one to appreciate the act of perceiving that is done by the other.