Who Is Doing What to Whom? (Object Impermanence)

A 14.2 channel sound installation with structure designed in collaboration with remi cady freer. It also includes a ‘prologue’ book (to be read before entering) and ‘epilogue’ audience journal (to be written in after exiting).

Photo of black cube like structure in gallery
Image description: A tilting black reflective cube like structure in a dimly lit gallery space
Photo of speakers and chair inside installation
Image description: Inside a small room with black walls, lit with dim red lighting and has multiple small speakers hanging in various places and two subwoofers on the floor, all pointing towards a central chair. The speakers are mounted on poles that extend from the ceiling.
Image description: Closeup photo of a man of Han Asian appearance in his 40s sitting inside the installation. Two horizontal poles are between him and the camera, which are attached to speakers that point towards his ears on each side. There are two speakers behind him and the background is black. He is wearing a black mask, staring straight into the camera under red lighting.

This work was exhibited in “Archives of Feeling: Sensation, Connection, Community“, an RMIT Design Hub Gallery project. It was a part of the RMIT Culture program and The Big Anxiety Festival 2022.

Artist: Thembi Soddell
Structure design and fabrication: remi cady freer
Programming: Jon Becker (Airborne Innovations)

Thank you to Emah Fox and Jamila Main for access consultation; Leith Thomas for production support; Jen Tran for design input; Pauline Cady for book binding; Borys Chciük for assistance with the Polish phrases in the book; Camilla Hannan, Jack Sweetman and Monique Gawne for assisting with deinstall; Kelvin Lau for modeling for documentation; and the team at RMIT Gallery for in-kind materials and fabrication support. Photo credits: Thembi Soddell 2022.

This project was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.