Tripwire is a site-specific installation responding to the unique relationship between the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and downtown San Jose, CA. Custom-built sensors hidden inside coconuts are hung from trees at several public locations to monitor noise produced by overflying aircraft. Detection of excessive aircraft noise triggers automated telephone calls to the airport’s complaint line on behalf of the city’s residents and wildlife. Documentation of noise incidents is archived for later analysis.
Tripwire debuted at ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge & the Thirteenth International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA2006) August 7-13, 2006. It was produced with the help of Yang Ruan, Raul-David “Retro” Poblano, Miguel Menchu, Joe Zane, Larissa Harris, Will Glesnes, Gemma Shusterman, and Jamie Schulte.
by Tad Hirsch