An installation with glass falling and breaking, reacting to the screams from the audience. (2009)
200 wine glasses sit on a slightly tilted shelf. Transducers are connected to the shelf, making it vibrate. A hidden microphone listens to the sound from the audience. When the audience screams, the sound from the transducers become louder, and the shelf with the glasses vibrates violently. The glasses slides towards the edge of the shelf and eventually they fall to the floor, one by one. When the audience stop screaming, the vibrations stop. There is always a "singing" sound in the room, that seems to emit from the glasses. As the exhibition goes on, more and more glasses fall to the floor and creates a pile of broken glass. The shelf has to bee refilled with new glasses every now and then.
The idea behind the screaming room, comes from anger management and silent rooms in office environments. Many work spaces are equipped with a cushioned silent room, where workers can go in and let out frustration in solitude. In such a room, one can scream and hammer the walls, without hurting oneself or coworkers. Problem is, there is no feedback. One of the uplifting and rewarding things about screaming and violence is it's immidiate response. Violence is interactive.
The screaming room was made to fascilitate the reward of violence, without hurting anyone. The audience could scream and the glasses would fall and break. As they screamed, they could see the glasses moving and this triggered an even louder and heartfelt scream, ending in relief and laughter when the glasses broke. Very uplifting.