SOUNDBIKE is a portable sound piece that use motion-based mini-generators mounted to an ordinary bicycle to broadcast the sound of laughter as the bike is peddled through the urban environment. The laughter is generated by playing sequences of short source clips that start when the bike reaches a cruising speed, and then responds to the bike’s velocity. When the piece is engaged, the rider simultaneously occupies the role of controller, performer and audience, creating a mobile performative broadcast that adds a human counterpoint to the acoustic ecology of the city.
SOUNDBIKE is available for sign out for the duration of the project at The Good Life Community Bike Shop.
Part of programming for M:ST 4.5 and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary's TR:AFICC residency
Jessica Thompson is a new media artist whose projects explore social interactions within public space through sound, performance and mobile technologies. Her projects have been shown in exhibitions and festivals such as New Territories, (ARCO 2005, Madrid) MACO, (Mexico City) dp003, (Dundee, Scotland) ISEA 2006, (San Jose, CA) the 2006 Conflux Festival, (New York), Kunsthallen Brænderigården, (Denmark) InterAccess Artist Run Centre, (Toronto) and Video Pool (Winnipeg). Her work is represented by p|m Gallery in Toronto, Canada.