“Qualia" are subjective experiences: pain from a stubbed toe, the taste of food, the perception of color. These experiences can only be expressed and interpreted - there are no tools for systematically measuring one’s qualia.
Qualiascope invited the public to understand how a room feels: to repeatedly watch light move from side to side, to feel limited warmth, to hear sudden conversations, to absorb water. Each isolated experience, presented in the form of various animation and sound objects, contained a series of increments much like any calculating tool. The sounds and images, separate and connected, allowed the visitor to control their own rate of “playback”, as well as suggest a different scale of duration: a room’s sense of time.
Qualiascope was a solo exhibition at Roman Susan in Chicago, IL