Interaction is in conversation with topics of surveillance, cyber vulnerability, and sonic militarization. The installation deals with cyber interaction versus physical – how through our integration with the internet humans deal with the obsession of privacy in the physical but lack this thereof in the cyberverse. Overindulgence, selection of persona, and infinite accessibility have been introduced through modernity in our internet generation.
Sonic militarization was also a topic of research in process. LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) is being referenced in cohesion with the topics above. LRAD is known to be misused by the police in numerous situations, such as the G20 Summit and the attacks in Ferguson, Missouri, where innocent people were harmed. This sonic weapon, among many, emits a 30-degree beam of frequency at 150 decibels – the human threshold for pain being 110 to 120 decibels.
The overall message is for sonic retaliation through use of the body and technological integration.
Contemporary Uses of Sound Control [excerpt]:
Effects of noise on functioning non-auditory systems, such as the sympathetic nervous system, cause involuntary system response that act as your body’s system warnings due to your auditory system having direct neural connection with your sympathetic nervous system . These alerting responses consist of vasoconstriction, reduced breath rate, skeletal muscle-tension and overall stimulus intensity . These studies on the effects of noise on man correlate with modern militarization of sonic weapons, also referred to as radio frequency weaponry or RF weapons . During Chicago’s NATO Summit of May 2012, the Chicago police department left a paper trail of one million dollars’ worth of riot-control equipment, LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) being some of the purchased equipment . The sound cannon emits 30-degree beams of radio frequency at 150 decibels, the human threshold for pain being 110 to 120 decibels, built to dissuade pirate boats and terrorists a quarter mile away . Contemporary use of sound cannons are not only being seen more commonly, such as during the G20 summit in Pittsburgh and Toronto, as thoughtless police brutality but are also being promoted by North American authorities as safe usage on the general public. “While the BHI understands the need for crowd control we would like to reiterate that numerous studies demonstrate the considerable negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of hearing loss. In fact, those who have difficulty hearing can experi-ence such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal. Studies have linked hearing loss to: irritability, negativism and anger; fatigue, tension, stress and depression; avoidance or withdrawal from social situations; social rejection and loneliness; reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety; impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks; reduced job performance and earning power; diminished psychological and overall health .” The fundamentals of acoustics are being used in the name of modernization for negative assimilative means by holders of said superiority towards the seen lesser public, utilizing sound pressure, propagation, amplitude, and frequency to harm rather than benefit.