We had a dream. In a technology-powered utopia, all human beings can finally have the equal power of speech. Sadly, it is not yet reality. Many people...

I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?)

Location:

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (enter via Queen Elizabeth II Gates)
Australia

Image. Tall light poles are arranged in ranks to form an angular block. When visitors speak, the poles respond by changing the colour and intensity of their glow. However, the poles at one end of the installation are more responsive, creating a more vibrant, dynamic display than those at the far end.I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?) - Vivid Light 2019
Image. Tall light poles are arranged in ranks to form an angular block. When visitors speak, the poles respond by changing the colour and intensity of their glow. However, the poles at one end of the installation are more responsive, creating a more vibrant, dynamic display than those at the far end.I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?) - Vivid Light 2019

Event Details

Artist:
Xin Xie: Adam Hsieh (Australia)

Collaborators:
Xiaojia Rong (China) / Zhe Wang (China)

We had a dream. In a technology-powered utopia, all human beings can finally have the equal power of speech. Sadly, it is not yet reality. Many people among us find that their voices are not always heard by the others, often because the digital divide or power structures makes them feel less valued than they should be. 

The interactive light-sound installation I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?) aims to question inequality in the digital era. Who decides how far our words spread? What determines the content appearing in our feed or search results? Why is communication becoming a zero-sum game? 

An array of LED light poles generates a space between two people. As they use their voices, they start a ‘conversation’ of light and sound, eventually watching a vividly colourful world unfold before their eyes.

 

Country represented by installation: China

Audio Description

Access and Inclusion

  • Audio described - Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.