SoniCraft > Demographic Quilt

Demographic Quilt
Summer 2010

While on an extended train trip around the country, I documented the sexual demographic of the passengers around me. The documentation took the shape of knitting; men were equated to knit and women to pearl. As the passengers moved throughout the train car I changed the pattern of my stitches. The audio in this piece is captured through several sittings on the train.
The experience of traveling alone transforms a rather utilitarian (a to b) trip into a several weeks of meditation. The longer I road the train and more surrounded I became the more isolated I felt.
Demographic Quilt acts as a marker of time and an anchor to the past experience of traveling much like a journal. The sound component to this piece echo’s the sense of journal entry though it is obscured by layering, until audience members crowd around it allowing for only a single audio signal to be heard.