This residency was an opportunity to discover the world of nanotechnology research, in particular through following researchers working on a project in the area of food safety at INL. My primary interest in sound led me to explore the sonorities of the research processes, the labs, the machinery… the entire sonic environment within which INL researchers operate. The richness of this environment is remarkable as researchers gradually ’tune in’ to specific sounds and patterns that ultimately embed their sense of time and space. From the blips of a certain piece of equipment to the huge air handling fans, the hiss of pouring liquid nitrogen, to the piercing sharpness of ultrasound ‘baths’ used to mix specific compounds, this sound world is full of signs, full of aural cues saying ‘listen to me!”
This installation aims to play with a sense of scale that is so important for nano research. Big sounds and tiny sounds, significant ones and banal ones, personal and anonymous… make up this soundworld. The work is an invitation to listen from a different perspective, a proposal to engage in a world that is so far removed from the everyday and yet so close.