a very scientific sound & distance study
Gobi Desert, Mongolia; Hanoi, Vietnam
actions & drawings
While in the Gobi Desert, I conducted a performance study measuring the maximum distances at which the human voice can be heard, depending on variables of gender, language, emotion, time of day, and climate. I wondered, what is the maximum distance at which laughter can be heard? Anger? A sneeze? Hopes and dreams? Since the distance a voice can travel overland changes with the ground-/air- temperature differential, I performed two studies: one at dusk and one at noon, both times with a male and female voice. Measurements were converted into metric units by pacing exactly 1 km of the Trans-Mongolian Railway (which the Russians rigorously marked out in meters). The photo-documented study was followed by an extensive series of works on paper.