Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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Laura Wright: Citizens Band

An interactive CB radio sculpture.

Laura Wright "Radidio"

Citizens Band  - Citizens Band explores our ability to connect with others through the architecture of an interactive CB radio sculpture. Participants are invited to engage in the amplification, interruption, and chance encounter of the transmitted voice as a mirror to assess our current means for communication.Citizens Band is an interactive sound sculpture comprised of a cluster of CB radios, which, when activated, amplify and echo the voice of the participant and connects them to others through the act of listening and speaking. This sculpture creates an immersion in a space dedicated to listening and projecting ones own voice in an alternative network structure. Citizens Band is a study in Relational Architecture with the goal of presenting a space where any voice can be herd and acknowledged within a system that operates outside of commercialized forms of communication.

Laura C. Wright is an artist and educator who investigates the methods and politics of communication through visual and interactive means.  Her work addresses social and political factors that divide people and suppress their voice while exploring visual languages and forms for alternative means of communication.  She received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an MFA in Fiber Arts from the University of Washington in 2004.  Currently, Laura is earning an MFA from the UCSC Digital Arts and New Media program to provide her with a greater understanding of experimental tools and language in the digital age.