Autonomous Sense Object
Autonomous Sense Object reveals a syncretic habitat that examines the sonic materiality of velcro as it pertains to the ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and BDSM (bondage, dominance, submission, masochism) communities. In this convergence, the literal 'autonomous sense object' points to the ways in which a particular sound fetish- BDSMR-subverts conventional associations of sound and pleasure. As such this piece presents a speculative account of a sonic world that asks us to reassess our relationship to sound through the dialectics of power and control, arousal and fear, dominance and submission.
In this piece, physical and sonic gestures are merged in synesthetic continuity: its poking motion is inextricably connected to the sound it gives rise to. The industrial mechanization of the revolving piece itself-the crankshaft, gear heads, mirrored panels, pink neon lights-fetishize the object as an automata of techno-erotic desire.