Flaviu Rogojan (b.1990) is an artist and curator from Cluj, Romania. Using references from technology, video game, and internet culture, he deals with different aspects of the layered worlds we live in, navigating both online and offline spaces. Geeky factoids and nerdy stories are often a starting point in his works, but his artistic practice also draws inspiration from conceptual and contemporary art strategies, weaving together different fictions and narratives. Rogojan is a founding member and coordinator of Aici Acolo, a pop up gallery project in Romania transforming unused or abandoned spaces into temporary art spaces for young artists.
During a skype call, if one person talks very quietly the application will automatically boost the signal to bring up the volume of the voice. If no one is talking, this auto-gain function sometimes has the effect of amplifying background noise to unbearable levels. Passing background and signal noise through it’s voice-enhancing filter, the Skype algorithm produces a wailing noise sound that overpowers communication. Searching for a solution online one finds this issue described using the metapor of wind or being in a wind tunnel.
In an age of long-distance relationships made bearable by endless phonecalls, this sound created from technical errors gives a sonic dimension to an imagined private space of internet communication.