Cabinet memorializes the passing era of crowds. Those moments in which people spend time in the same place are slowly being replaced by networked forms of collectivity that privilege connectedness over presence. Cabinet is an installation for storing my collection of applause recordings. It refers to the origins of crowd theory at the end of the 19th century, a time when criminologists and the state were developing the antecedants to our contemporary electronic databases. As visitors access the cabinet, the applauses mix to produce new forms of collectivity. By consulting an accompanying schema, they are encouraged to question the authority of the given system of categorization and investigate the ambiguities and contradictions therein. See video.
Cabinet is in the Project Room.
September 10, 2005 6:00 pm to October 16, 2005