I Sing the Body Electric: Finding the Ghost in the Machine

A Sound Installation at James House, March 2, 6 PM. Created by Scott Muller, Jack Meaney, and Hannah Jaenicke. Rediscover the ghost in the machine. Sponsored by the Student Arts Fund.

Created by Scott Muller, Jack Meaney, and Hannah Jaenicke

Opening Reception: Monday, March 2, 2009 6 p.m. More info: wmuller@haverford.edu Sponsored by the Student Arts Fund - haverford.edu/HHC

We want to rediscover the ghost in the machine.

Our project has been to digitally record sound around Haverford’s campus and experiment with re-orchestrating that sound digitally and then re-contextualizing it in a new space (James House).

Space is an aporia for modernity. Western authority, past and present, is based on spatial discernment. Aesthetically it is the bracketed painting that makes a truth claim for hierarchical cultural difference. This painting is not the wall - the other is present but fully contained. This present-yet-contained other is another way of thinking about the base for Western authority (and power). It is not merely coherent identity that is achieved through demarcation (delineation) of the other, but the authority to make claims as to the legitimacy of certain spatial delineations imposed by my gaze. Sound, by some property we do not purport to know (it may, in fact, be a property entirely constructed through its otherness in the Western construct of the senses), has the potential (just like any other medium) to disrupt that continuity of knowledge. And so we made a sound thing-a-ma-bobber. It probably doesn't make a hard boiled egg, but it might do something else.