2015 / Live crickets, microphones, speakers, custom electronics / Variable dimensions
Dolbear’s Song 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. The title references Dolbear’s Law, proposed by American physicist, Amos Dolbear in which he noted the correlation between the ambient temperature and the rate at which crickets chirp; as well as their use in ambient music for relaxation. The piece reacts to the ambient sound instead, correlating its amplitude to the loudness of the space.
Structure of crickets wings are drawn by puncturing paper. The “song” of crickets is produced by the act of rubbing together their wings which is known as stridulation. Each time the wings rub together, this is called a “pulse” and it is impacted by factors such as temperature and intention: mating, alerting.
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