Eigengrau is a term used to describe the colour that is seen through closed eyes. It is the name of an alternative communication platform I created in 2020, which can only be interacted with if users close their eyes. An in-browser facial feature tracker detects when a participant has closed their eyes, at which point, an audible tone is produced. When multiple users are simultaneously visiting the site and closing their eyes, distinct tones are produced for each user, resulting in a sort of collectively-played organ. Serving as a sactuary away from the non-stop stream of information afforded by typical platforms, this project encourages users to slow down and, through deep listening, appreciate a meditative moment shared with others, rendered as a drifting drone of harmonized tone.
September 2020, Toronto. ON - Our Networks Conference