the facility of the other

The facility of the other is the title of an interactive sound installation that turns the act of listening into a collaboration, by exposing layers of its multi-layered composition based on the number of its listeners.

One can hear the composition by holding a metal bowl against sets of double springs that are stretched on stands throughout the exhibition space. The composition is transmitted through the metal springs in form of mechanical vibration and is amplified inside the bowl, and so one has to put one’s face inside the metal sphere to hear the piece. Moreover, as the metal bowl connects the two springs in each set, it triggers a corresponding layer of the composition to be added to the sound that is being heard throughout all springs.

By pushing one’s face inside a confined metal sphere, The Facility of The Other first detaches one from the other, then amplifies the presence of the other by revealing more of its content as others join. By linking a solitary action to a group experience, this work invites one to appreciate the act of perceiving that is done by the other.

This work is the latest outcome of a continuous experiment with matter in space as pathway for vibration to pass through. Other outcomes of this research have been presented under the titles points of contact, Vibro-panning and Vibroplasm.

In "Vibro-panning" the audience is invited to interact with the piece and navigate through a feedback landscape, while in "Vibroplasm" and "Points of Contact" a performer arranges and rearranges found and repurposed material to create a field for vibration to pass through, create feedback and translate into observable light movements in the space.


A previous iteration of this piece was titled "vibro-panning" and was presented at the Kruithuis in Den Bosch during November Music Festival 2015:

The facility of the other was originated from a curiosity about the observation of physical vibration as it passes through different objects. A first tryout for this idea was presented as "Vibroplasm 1.4" at Blikopener festival in Delft in 2014:


The installation consists of 8 stands holding double springs and fitted with transducers. Their lengths vary between 1 to 2 meters, and one central computer will be set up and covered at site with cables running to each spring set. Moreover, 8 metal bowls of 50 cm diameter will be available by each spring set for audience to hold while listening to the piece.

The spring sets will be positioned along the outer border of the exhibition area facing inwards, leaving one entry. Alternatively, if other works in the exhibition allow, the sets can be scattered throughout the whole exhibition space.
The sound content is a one-channel composition with 8 asynchronous layers, and is played through all 8 transducers that excite the double springs. Each layer has a gain control linked to a digital input received from the contact between one set of double springs.

required components provided by artist:

  • 8 sets of double springs on stands,
  • 1 laptop/microcontroller board
  • 30m of data cable and 30m of audio cable
  • 4 stereo amplifiers
  • 8 x transducers
  • 8 x metal bowls
  • Power extensions and power strips

required service provided by the venue:

Single on/off switch operator