The Will to Synchronize is a collaborative arrangement in three acts—objects made from vocal recordings, choreographed performance, and installation—that query the nexus, control, and evolution of relationships as they move into the state-regulated bubble of online space. As socialization becomes an increasingly mechanical meditation, The Will to Synchronize works to materialize how we store memory: inside the installation, performers and viewers interact with objects that have been rendered from sound in a recursive process of cleaning, tending, and preservation. As the sound recordings that have been transformed into object(ified) data are continually processed over the course of the exhibition, The Will to Synchronize points to the revolutionary power of different ways in which we interpret and translate in order to connect when daily social interaction migrate online.

Photos by Joe Freeman

This project started with questions. Are we connected to people? How can we tell if we are connected or not? How and with what tools can we measure our connections? How do we store, process, and collect these connections? Who is in your social network? How are these connections surveilled? What do you not know about these people?
- Questions asked of 65 people -

1.) What object, memory, ritual or dream provides you solace? Either by holding it, looking at it or thinking about it.
2.) What does it look like, smell like and feel like?
3.) What is it made out of?
- From these responses, they were asked to audio record one sentence -
- These voices were turned into sound waves -

- These sound waves were turned into objects -

Thanks to these people

Sound composition - Spencer Ramsey
Video engineering - Molly Mac and Steven Miller
Performances - Andrew Brown and Donnell Williams
Space and construction engineer - Paul D. McKee
Editing and talking through ideas - Kemi Adeyemi, Jed Murr and Dan Paz

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this project.