Ear Plugs

Dimensions: 19” x 11” x 3” (wooden shelf)
Year Completed: 1999
Media: Audio loop, separated headphones, CD player, CD, wooden shelf

Reenacting personal dramas, and exaggerated portrayals of frustration, this piece is a humorous commentary on the break down in communication. The audio loop alludes to an adolescent throwing a tantrum, plugging the ears and reciting the ever familiar chant “I can’t hear you, I’m not listening, be quiet.” Repeated over and over again beyond exhaustion, the loop intensifies and exaggerates the emotional behavior to the point of spectacle. By holding the separated earphones in place, the viewer replicates the behavior of the adolescent cutting off communication and shutting down the senses. In order to engage in the piece, the viewer’s body is crammed in the architectural space of the corner in a defensive position.

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I’m not listening