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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2019 ➔ hEAR: You Are What You Are Sensing


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Xiaoyu Liu (designer)
Ernesto Klar (thesis advisor)
Mark Stafford (thesis advisor)


May 21 2019


This paper is the final document of my thesis project during the past two semesters (Fall 201 to Spring 2019). hEAR is a site-specific sound installation consisting of multiple handmade speakers on canvas playing a computer-generated stereo soundscape. The work is suspended in a corner between two walls and lighted to create sharp drop shadows of its form. Viewers are able to look at the delicate vibrating wire while listening to the segmental soundscape. I am presenting this work of fragility to the public that represents “my fear” and “my courage to face it”. This paper explains how I landed on this form eventually. I thoroughly walked through every stage of my working process, starting from my impetus, research, domains, impact and then delving into the mechanics, technology, fabrication. By the end, I carefully evaluate the whole project and learnings during the past one year.



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