Burn Pile is an interactive art installation, functioning both as a sincerity harvesting unit, and as a display and broadcast venue, linking people in its community of heart-felt incoherence. It engages questions concerning data collection, and the tender boundary between public and private experience.
Welcomed into a sound-proofed booth individuals speak secrets — their truths, their untold stories. No one is listening, nor is it recorded as decipherable information. Leached of meaning by a scrambling code, the spoken sentences are transformed into an essence of perceived meaning for use in the visually active, public context of the booth’s exterior.
Likewise, donated confidences are re-voiced by sound artist Anna Dembska, and broadcast from a piñata conch shell located outside the booth. The scrambled texts become sound through MAX/MSP using Apple Voices, to create a randomly evolving mysterious babble/Babel.
Burn Pile is an inside-out gallery; invited inside the booth, individuals may securely reveal what is inside themselves, while on the outside their barely recognizable confidences are embellished and publicized for all to see.
Burn Pile is supported by grants from the Central Valley Community Foundation in partnership with the James Irvine Foundation, and funded in part by a grant from the City of Visalia Community Arts Grant Program. Hide Out will be presented in 2015 and 2016 at mostly non- traditional venues throughout California's San Joaquin Valley.
See the complete project website at http://burnpile.site.