i am sitting in a high-dimensional room

a collaborative project of philipp schmitt, anina rubin & dr. felipe orduña bustamente.

the audio simulation i am sitting in a high-dimensional room takes the listener into a high-dimensional space extending in many more dimensions than the three you are in now.

the piece is based on american composer alvin lucier’s seminal work i am sitting in a room. lucier explored the acoustic properties of three-dimensional, physical space by tape-recording a spoken text in a room. he then played the recording back into the room and recorded again, and again, repeating the cycle until only the natural resonant frequencies of the room remain, articulated by speech.

for i am sitting in a high-dimensional room, the artists leave the physical world behind. narrated by a neural-network-synthesized voice and performed in a high-dimensional room simulation by dr. felipe orduña bustamante, the piece offers a sonic experience of an invisible, unimaginable space. as high-dimensional, mathematical spaces underpin, for example, artificially-intelligent neural networks, the work alludes to dematerialization and abstraction in contemporary science and technology.

on the day of the premiere habib william kherbek welcomed the audience with a intro lecture falling into the infinite forest.

year
2020
premiere (online)
october 1st 2020
artists
philipp schmitt, anina rubin
in collaboration with
dr. felipe orduña bustamente
piece commissioned by
1014 inc.
co-presented by
media art xploration