Joey Cannizzaro and Christopher Cole, Hyperphonic, Projection/Sound/Performance, 2014
Performance documentation. Human Resources, Los Angeles.
Taken from the idea of a homophonic translation, in which text is composed from a completely sound-based mistranslation of words spoken in a foreign language, hyperphonic translation involves playing a large number of recordings simultaneously and writing down words or phrases that surface from the cacophony. Here, the text being read is a hyperphonic translation of every video trending on YouTube on November 2, 2012 (see hyperphonic translation).
The artists are in an upstairs room of the gallery, being filmed by a commercial drone camera. This live feed is projected into the main gallery space, where an unattended microphone is positioned in front of the audience. Next to the drone feed, there is a projection of random YouTube video generators pulling up dozens of videos at once. The text being read into the microphone is digitally altered and amplified in the gallery space along with the hyperphonic audio.