This diptych appropriates Stephen Gill’s Audio Portraits (individuals wearing headphones with their musical choices as captions). The images are layered with spectrograms** of the tunes they are listening to, concealing the person’s identity and symbolising the desire of the individual to maintain a sense of privacy; creating a ‘mobile bubble’ that turns urban streets into private pleasure zones. By managing mood and orientation to space through the micro-management of personalised music, the portable media player masquerades as a contemplative device. (2016)
*Named after Michael Bull’s book Sounding Out the City (2000), which augments our understanding on auditory experience of self and place.