Installation by Mattia Casalegno in 2010 with custom electronics, custom software, microphone and fresh sod
The Open is a sensorial wearable device forcing you to smell grass and to hear your own breath.
Equipped with fresh turf and headphones, this mask inhibits the visual system while enhancing the olfactory one thanks to the proximity with soil. The device defines also a sensory territory constructed by the rhythm of the breath, which is diffused from the headphones with a 1.5 sec. delay.
The work plays with the Deleuzian notion of refrain, and about the quality of sound to define a territory. The space defined by the sound of breathing is in a state of constant imbalance between the physical act and its sensory perception and traces an unstable relationship with the intimate environment that the garment reproduces.
Images from New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, US.