The Whisperers: An Historical Interactive Exhibition

By Christopher Koelsch.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: February 3, 2015 $US5.00

An experiential, interactive museum exhibit, “The Whisperers” portrays a relevant and comparative historical era of paranoia where daughters spied upon mothers, neighbors eavesdropped on neighbors, and loved ones quickly betrayed one another. Inspired by the American government’s scrutiny of private metadata, the exhibit in this article will illustrate the personal and intimate communication of whispering and its effects on familial and neighborly relationships underneath a statewide operation. This interactive experience describes dwellings, shadows, and spaces each with compartmentalized narratives. An environment where walls can have ears, the vents in your floor can have eyes, and the pipes in your bathroom are conduits of dark tunnels through an atmosphere of conspiracy, "The Whisperers" is a world where collective scrutiny, hushed tones, and murmurs are the only communication for survival. Whispering in the home is represented as the only sound that was heard in personal life, the hidden expression of knowledge, and dissemination in the dark. The article will relate the current authoritarian monitoring of personal data and current studies of its affects among individuals, families, and collective groups for a presentation, mirrored lesson from history. Represented as a scale model of a composite of historical time and form and built in its descriptive entirety as a first iteration, the exhibit/experience will present the first user experience with its successes and failures with proposed solutions. It also seeks to explore this scale model realized as a life-size immersive environment based on the technology it has practiced and researched.

Keywords: Interactive, Speaking, Exhibit

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 9, Issue 3-4, February 2015, pp.1-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 3, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.027MB)).

Christopher Koelsch

Designer, New York, New York, USA