26 or less

In Denielle Elliott’s essay, View of Neurological Disturbances and Time Travel, she talks about her personal experience with mild anomic aphasia. Mostly invisible to outsiders, it is like a never-ending game of hang-man for those with injured minds. Instead of practicing vigilant memory keeping or feeling embarrassed, Elliott encourages a playful approach to time stuck between words and suggests time travel. Situated in 26 or less, I am thinking about what time travel and play mean for me, my ABI community, and those outside it.

26 or less is an interactive sound and video art exhibition that asks what trouble with word-finding sounds like when we make the conscious decision to time travel and play. Drawing on the intersections of feminist science and technology studies, disability, and sonic ethnography, this project is rooted in communal knowledge making. Meaning, visitors to this exhibition are invited to participate in listening, recording, and discussion.

Upon entering the exhibition space, visitors can hear a soundscape playing on a loop, and see 3 videos of fluctuating CT scans projected on the walls. On opening and closing nights, visitors will be encouraged to add to the soundscape by making personal recordings of their own. Leading to a mini-recording booth, directions on how to participate will be provided on signage and floor dots. If consented to, opening and closing night recordings will be added to the primary soundscape in real-time.

This project is set to launch in Fall 2024. Exact timing and location to be announced in Winter 2024.