Paul Devens


A ‘bucket brigade’ is a chain of rescuers who hand debris, water buckets or victims from one to the other. In this way, people can also pass messages to each other, but the information can often become distorted or lost.

This Devens sound sculpture consists of devices that interact with each other and with visitors via open-source computers and software. Human voices, digital systems and cell walls ‘ping-pong’ against each other. The sound, which travels from room to room, refers to signals that prisoners used to secretly communicate. The result is a form of acoustic alienation in which man and machine fuse together.