'I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?)' at Vivid Sydney 2019
'I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?)' at Vivid Sydney 2019
We had a dream. In a technology-powered utopia, all human beings can finally have equal power of speech. Sadly, it is not yet a reality. Many people among us find that the others do not always hear their voices, often because the digital divide or power structures make them feel less valued than they should be.
The interactive light-sound installation I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?) aims to question inequality in the digital era. Who decides how far our words spread? What determines the content appearing in our feed or search results? Why is communication becoming a zero-sum game?
An array of LED light poles generates a space between two people. As they use their voices, they start a 'conversation' of light and sound, eventually watching a vividly colourful world unfold before their eyes.

Adam Hsieh (concept development/art direction/production)
Xiaojia Rong (programming/production)
RGB LED tapes, sound sensors, computer, Arduino, aluminium structure.
10.52m (L) x 3.12m (W) x 2.1m (H)
Vivid Sydney (2019). Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Gadigal/Sydney, Australia. 24 May - 15 Jun 2019.
Destination NSW
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