Fragmentation is an installation by artist Skyler Pham, displayed in the Grunwald Gallery. The work examines the effects of queer trauma on identity through the use of handmade masks and other wearable pieces. The installation features a table of interactive works that the viewer can wear and explore through touch. The work is accompanied by an original audio composition by Ryan Voorhies.
The audio in the installation consists of over 200 vocal samples collected from four months of raw vocal recordings. Every sound in the composition is sourced from these samples and explores the healing potential and power of the human voice in relation to trauma.
The composition was made with the nature of the gallery in mind. Powerful juxtapositions are separated by long, atmospheric pauses which alter the viewer’s experience as they walk in and out of the space. This allows each viewer to experience the work in a different way; and those that choose to stay for the duration of the track will see hints of a narrative forming.
Full audio composition- https://soundcloud.com/rvufo/fragmentation