Elevator Music 39: Bug features the digital application Bug, created by graphic design studio Linked by Air. A bug appears to have little to no effect on the space around you, but if you follow its patterns with your eyes and ears, you may perceive your environment in new and unexpected ways. Bug, the app and installation, likewise encourage exploration.
This interactive installation invites visitors to hold an iPod (provided by the museum) in front of objects and colors and press the screen to create sounds based on where the color appears on the visual spectrum. A coalescing of color and sound, it is an investigation in synesthesia, a neurological condition in which one sense creates an involuntary experience with another sense. As stated by Linked by Air, “Bug turns what you see into pure color, and color into music.” In allowing us to hear what we see, Elevator Music 39: Bug offers space for play and provokes appreciation of the everyday in weird, fantastic ways.