HPVS (Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome)

A kinetic sculpture that considers the subtle ways that mobile communication technologies shape our senses.

HPVS (Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome) is a kinetic sculpture that considers the subtle, often-subconscious ways that mobile communication technologies shape our senses. The title references the recently discovered Human Phantom Vibration Syndrome — a syndrome wherein mobile phone users become hyper-attentive to their mobile devices, often experiencing phantom ringing sensations even in the absence of incoming calls or messages. This work carefully orchestrates the vibrations of a collection of mobile phones to produce a familiar yet quietly-disturbing cacophony.

HPVS was produced in collaboration with Kitchen Budapest.

The HPVS phones are controlled by Arduinos and custom hardware.

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A time-lapse of the HPVS production process.

Support

HPVS is a commission of Northern Lights’ Art(ists) On the Verge program with the generous support of the Jerome Foundation. Additional support provided by the McKnight Foundation, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Special thanks to Kitchen Budapest and LG Hungary.

Significant support for creative time and travel provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Program.

Wiesman Art Museum Installation View (Photo by Christopher Baker)
Wiesman Art Museum Installation View (Photo by Christopher Baker)
Custom control circuits developed at Kitchen Budapest. (Photo by Christopher Baker)
Getting ready for shipping. (Photo by Christopher Baker)
Getting ready for shipping. (Photo by Christopher Baker)
Constructing the HPVS installation. (Photo by Christopher Baker)