2015 / Live crickets, microphones, speakers, custom electronics / Variable dimensions
Dolbear’s Law is a reactive sound installation/performance of live crickets chirping. It seeks to awaken the viewer’s awareness of the natural and artificial modes and rhythms of consumption and dissipation. Named after the formula proposed by American physicist, Amos Dolbear in which he noted the correlation between the ambient temperature and the rate at which crickets chirp, this piece reacts to the ambient sound instead, correlating its amplitude to the loudness of the space.
A complementary action inspired by the cricket’s symbolism of intuition/consciousness entailed making chocolates filled with crickets and inviting people to taste them during the finissage, opening their minds to edible insects as future prospects for food in addition to reactivating their inner wisdom.
Made possible with assistance of Erik Zocher, Marcus Blum, Tim Hempel