There are two signals being heard at all times. One is made of the samples from the Golden Record, which was sent out on probes during the seventies for extraterrestrial life in case it should stumble upon them.
The other signal is a mix of terrestrial radio stations that are streaming to the net. The performer is mixing the signals we send to each other for contact and communication and the ones we send out in to the unknown.
The movement of the sphere is directly mapped to the movement of the performer. The core of her body is directly replicated in the core of this simulation of the world. Her singularity highlighting, that despite the cacophony of voices, spaceship earth mirrors the human condition and is a solitary traveler through the universe.
When stations pass through the core of the world they are selected and played. Depending on the movements of the performer's limbs, she can cycle through the samples from the Golden Record. The world is mapped to the core of her body, the satellites to her limbs.
This is an interface with the archive of digital radio that throws out the linearity of lists. In the age of information overload the content of databases quickly loses it's meaning to their organization and navigability.
World Wide Wave hopes to restore the horizonless cacophony of humanity's outcry and lend an objectifying glimpse of the simultaneous global happening that is radio to the user. The rendering of this virtual reality into an object, hopefully gives enough distance to consider, criticize and manipulate the database on the fly.
The visualization is a plotting of stations according to geographic location. Hoping that when we get enough data, the index of the archive will be enough to make visible it's underlying organizational structure, much like a photograph of the world at night makes evident it's geographic and political boundaries.
blue print for performer's dress, bright lines indicate pull switches to trigger sound effects, belt has accelerometer on it to map the dancer's position to the world.
blue print for belt for audience members to use