diy power shoes
BY BEC CONRAD
AS PART OF THE 2014 New england graduate media symposium:
Performing Actuality:How Reality is Re-presented
EXHIBITED: emerson college, boston, mA 2014
Power Shoes is a DIY device that can be worn to elevate the social status of your most comfortable sneakers. Power Shoes augment audio perception of comfy footwear by imitating business shoe sounds, thereby enhancing human sound behavior. They are intended to be invisible, attach to your ankle and tuck under your pant leg. A small greeting card speaker clips onto the outside of your shoe.
In this video, the artist raises the question: How do the sounds we make affect the way we are perceived? The video raises this question in a specific social context: Corporate America. In the video, the making of Power Shoes is told and the contrast between the two different worlds of at-home DIY and the social politics of at-work Corporate America is examined.