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A Mobile Phone Documentary

This is a collaborative web documentary created in the fall of 2012 by Monmouth University students. Inspired by the work of John Cage and Alvin Lucier, Silent Patterns draws attention to the surprising sonic and visual variations that surround us in daily life. The sounds of empty spaces become the subject matter; the videos make patterns of room tone. Ceilings were the chosen visual because they are the pictorial equivalent of silence, they are what we don’t see.

Click and drag the video below to see a 360 degree movie.

The work was made in a non-hierarchical process: the creators were the interviewees, interviewers, the videographers and editors. The website was produced by Prof. Demirjian’s students in the Introduction to Digital Media class and the videos were created by the Documentary Film and Video class.