'A Phonemic Touch' wireless computer keyboard, bluetooth, soundboard, fabric sculpture, and mixed media.
Following a Sunday sojourn in a pine forest nearby, I captured some sounds of a bird, which we believed were communicating back to us from our dumb whistling. Upon this experience I considered making a sensory sound board for my child to use while in the farbic sculpture. I set about recording both mine, and my wife's phonemic sounds from our respective languages; Korean, and English. There were distinctions and overlaps, mapped onto the keyboard. However, the total number of sounds recorded took up almost the entire available keys except one. This final key, the 'space' bar, was given to the bird's speech from that very morning. The sounds work as a kind of expression of their phonemic characteristics, becoming a cacophony of noise and vocal music. The keyboard is given an individual material for each key.