In “Round Robin,” visitors to Diapason are invited to blow into wall-mounted utility boxes installed around the gallery. The boxes appear similar to data receptacles, and each features a single hole on its face. The intimate gesture of blowing into the box results in a whistle being sounded at a distant location. The box and whistle pairs are arranged so that the sound follows the perimeter of the room and into the hallway. The whistle sounds may lure other people to participate and complete the chain of sounds or may prompt one person to follow the trail and complete the path alone. As an individual experience, the work positions the viewer into an intimate act with the infrastructure of the wall and expands the idea of occupying space. If several people activate the work, they create a pattern of gestural communication and complete the work through collaboration.
Michelle Rosenberg is an architect and artist living in New York, NY. She creates acoustic sound devices that encourage collaboration among strangers. Michelle has exhibited her work at galleries including Exit Art and Parkers Box in New York; Western Exhibitions in Chicago; and Small a Projects in Portland, Oregon. She has created outdoor installations at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens; the Peekskill Project in Peekskill, New York; and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She has recently lectured on the history of listening devices for Dorkbot at Location One in New York and attended The Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Michelle was born in Manchester, England to Italian Jewish parents. She graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor Fine Art and a Bachelor of Architecture. She is currently pursuing an MFA degree in Combined Media at Hunter College in New York.