Exhalation Water

Exhalation-Water is a sonic journey along the University of Washington campus. Participants are following at ground level the chilling pipes that connect the air conditioning system of the buildings on the campus under the floor. In this way, participants are metaphorically following their own heat. Participants carry a portable device that allows the transformation in real-time of the sonic environment. The devices records and transform the live input signal and plays prerecorded sounds from the surrounding location.

Along the walks, participants discover several black boxes where they are invited to exhale their breath. In return, the box responds with a word that they have to select on the portable device. These boxes are constantly analyzing the sonic environment and set the “sonic situation” of sound manipulation.
The experience finishes when participants arrive at the cooling cascade where the hot water is cool through the air. Here the participants recover the heat that they exhaled along the journey.