Imprint of CityYen-Tzu Chang


Imprint of City is an interactive sound installation. “Imprint” refers to blurred memory of sound. Through sound recording and interactive installation, this art piece interweaves visitors’ exploration of soundscape with artist Yen-Tzu Chang’s thoughts on the sound of city. Carving pictures or words on stones has been a way to preserve memory in human history. Stones are heavy and less prone to natural destruction, making them ideal for passing down knowledge and keeping records. Guided by a street map, Chang collects sound from all parts of the city and marks the recording sites along her way. This art piece features a simplified map drawn on a stone in conductive ink. When visitors touch the stone, they may not recognize the locations. But by feeling the stone’s texture, they would feel as if they were wandering in the city and opening the city’s “audio files” one by one. In this piece, stone carving turns the visual experience of reading into a tactile and auditory one. The stone is not only a symbol of sound recording, but also an interface for visitors to seek, listen and mix sound.


Yen-Tzu Chang is a Taiwanese new media artist. Since 2011, she has attempted various kinds of cross-disciplinary and experimental sound arts. Her works have been presented at international art festivals and conferences, including Ars Electronica, roBOt 08, Linux Audio Conference and ISEA. Since 2014, she has been studying for a master’s degree at the Interface Cultures Department, University of Art and Design Linz, Austria. In 2016, she visited the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, Japan, through an exchange program during which she performed in Tokyo and Nagoya.