The experience of walking among these behemoths is powerful, surfacing instant memories of standing too close to speaker systems at house parties and feeling your body reverberate with energy. The electricity hums, quite literally, in the space, the vibrations echoing in your chest. In this installation, as with Fiorucci, the provocation is not necessarily to dance, but instead to internalize the sound. You, as a viewer and listener, are part of the network of this sonic sensation; one node within the temporary web woven between DJs, their music, and strangers in the dark.
That longing for feelings of association, however loose or abstract, is contained in other works on the second floor. Leckey’s GreenScreenRefrigerator (2010–2016) is an installation, soundscape, performance, and video in which the artist attempts to identify with and embody a brand new, matte black Samsung “Smart” fridge. Speaking as a kind of shaman or psychic medium, Leckey performs a séance to mythologize the “smart” capabilities of this appliance. Calling it “A Dark Mirror” and a “Spirit Rhino,” he channels the advertising-speak used to sell this technology in order to understand what separates it from its less-intelligent predecessors.