Five chairs, custom-built coffee table, Mac mini, video camera, LEDs, speakers, microcontroller
Courtesy of the artist
FEAR is an interactive installation set in the main lobby of EMPAC, which takes the form of a seating area with five chairs outfitted with speakers, and a coffee table equipped with LED lights. Untouched, the seating area creates a peaceful atmosphere, the chairs emitting an even-tempered hum of white noise and the table pulsing with an inviting light. However, the moment an individual approaches, the chairs begin to emit a higher pitched hissing, and the table's glow changes from white to red, denoting alarm.
FEAR brings the viewer into an emotive dialog with these objects, emblematic of respite. By imbuing these chairs and table with the ability to respond to the viewer's presence, Sester creates a disjunctive moment in the everyday experience of passing through a lobby, producing a representation of anxiety that allows the viewer to recognize and contemplate this emotion, and question the unexpected possibilities suggested by the installation.
An EMPAC commission, with support by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.