Noise in my Head

007Noise-Installation

Noise in my Head, 2008
Noise in my Head is an installation with hanging silicon rubber heads. Each head emits a recorded monologue by different people. For these recordings I asked people to sit alone in a room for an hour and record themselves talking about whatever came to their minds.

Our thoughts are the biggest controlling force in our lives. Many of us spend a lot of time judging and interpreting all experiences in hope to find meaning in our existence. Jumping from one explanation of why things happen the way they do to the next, we find ourselves caught in a big spider web of stories and in this way it can happen that we become completely alienated from the actual event of the experience. Thought, the countless chattering voices in our heads, seems such a central force in our experience of life, that we tend to completely identify with it and forget to second guess its origin and validity.
Silicone rubber, MP3 players, speakers. The entire installation occupies approx. 100sq. ft.

Noise in my Head, video of Installation. 2008

For this installation I asked a number of people around me, to record themselves while verbalizing all thoughts that cross their minds. Each of these recorded monologues now lives in a rubber head and together they make up the installation: a crowd of heads all talking simultaneously. While this installation represents my surrounding, it also illustrates the accumulation of voices in my own head, as our thoughts are often a mere echo of what we have heard.
Materials: Silicone rubber, Mp3 players, speakers,. approx. 100 sqft

008Noise-Close

Noise in My Head, 2008,

For my installation Noise in My Head, I asked a number of people around me, to record themselves while verbalizing all thoughts that cross their minds. Each of these recorded monologues now lives in a rubber head and together they make up the installation: a crowd of heads all talking simultaneously. While this installation represents my surrounding, it also illustrates the accumulation of voices in my own head, as our thoughts are often a mere echo of what we have heard.

Silicone rubber, Mp3 players, speakers,. approx. 100 sqft

006Listening

Noise in My Head, 2008,
It’s fascinating to listen to each story!
Silicone rubber, Mp3 players, speakers,. approx. 100 sqft

005Installation

Noise in my Head, 2008,
Installation of 35 human size heads. Each head plays a recording of a friend or family member talking to himself. The installation illustrates a society lost in thoughts. Simultaneously it could also show the countless thoughts going through one person’s head with all the voices of the people around us influencing our thoughts. Are our thoughts really ever our own?
Silicone rubber, Mp3 players, speakers,. approx. 100 sqft

Interview about Noise in my Head, 2008

This interview which was organized by ZDF (one of Germany’s main television stations) took place at Antje Wachs Gallery where Noise in my Head was installed. This interview is in German.

002Talcum

To make the heads in silicon rubber, I first had to do a perfect prototype. The prototype had to have a perfectly smooth surface. In this image I am applying talcum powder as a release agent to help the rubber mold compound release.

003Rubber

Here the silicon rubber mold compound gets applied.

004Comb

After the silicon rubber layer is dry we need to add a two part plaster mold on top. This supports the floppy rubber mold in the casting process. Here you can see Crystal making a metal comb which creates the division line for the two parts of the plaster mold.

006Half-Mold

Then, once the first half has hardened, it needs to be painted with vaseline, which acts as a release agent. Now the second half gets cast.

008Second-Half

Casting of second half of plaster support mold.

009Scraping-Mold

Scraping of the second half creates a smooth outer mold surface. This makes the mold more pleasant to handle.

010

The plaster molds should be reasonably dry before the silicon rubber casting process begins.

011Casting

Thin layer upon thin layer gets applied to create a beautiful and even cast.

012Surprise

Pulling out a flawless cast is rare and therefore extremely exciting when it happens.

016Pulling-off2

Emily is pulling out an other head.

018Many

They are multiplying.

020Crate-ready

Crate ready to go.