“Soundproof Box” is in essence a sensory deprivation tank for the viewer’s head, fully cutting off their senses of the outside world. The participant places their head inside of a large crate, into a dark and silent environment. Once inside, lights begin to flash in quick, irregular intervals allowing brief glimpses of the space the viewer is inhabiting. This piece plays with the audience’s perception of material reality. In the dark silence there is an illusion of a vast emptiness, larger than that of the reality of the constraints of the box. However, when the lights flash there is a sudden, indistinct view of the inside of the box that contradicts this initial impression while still not allowing for a full observation of reality.
charley friedman, copyright