hEar Pixels

collaboration with Vince Giles (DJ Vinnie G)

hEar Pixels is what happens when a designer and a DJ hip hop artist join forces to investigate the idea of a conversation as an object. Influenced by live performance, technology, handwritten letters, and sound collage, the result is a fabricated dialogue of human interaction. This audio project is both a creative endeavor and a research tool.

This project was recorded digitally to be heard as an analog object: a single-side, 33-1/3 RPM Flexi disc pressed on clear, flexible PVC. The limited edition liner notes are risograph printed on French Paper Co. Newsprint Extra White 80# cover.

Listen to hEar Pixels on Bandcamp

Read my essay about flexi disc vinyl records on Design Observer

Track_01: Political Favors
Track_02: Like a Letter, You
Artwork: Jessica Barness
Liner notes printing: Constance New Orleans
Flexi disc manufacturing: Pirates Press
Funded through the University Research Council and School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University

Barness, J. and Giles, V. (2017). Like a Letter, You. MATLIT: Materialidades da Literatura journal, 5(1), 86–87. Download PDF.

2017. Exhibited at the Project Passion juried design exhibition. Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN.

2016. In the Intermission themed portfolio curated by Erik Waterkotte and Shannon Collis. On display at the SGC International FLUX conference, Portland State University, Portland, OR. Edition of 30. The portfolio is part of permanent collections at: Portland State University (Portland, OR), Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR), and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)

© Jessica Barness