Electronic art project Ishin-Den-Shin uses touch to relay audible messages.
The name of the project, which comes from a Japanese expression that means ‘unspoken understanding,’ reflects how the entire thing works. A person whispers something into a special microphone that converts the sound into an electrical signal, which then creates an electrostatic field around the person’s body. When that person touches their finger to another person’s ear, the electrostatic field causes the finger to vibrate, essentially playing back that sound for the other person to hear.
The project takes a look at the physicality of sound communication and also explores how the body can become a medium for transmission of sound.
Watch a video demo of the project below.