About the project
At Indiana State University we manipulated the differences in type and handwritten text and read and spoken word to build a web of relationships between each participant. The writing styles, from the neutral sans-serif of the instructional text to the various handwritten messages, create a plurality of unique voices. This effect is amplified by the auditory experience created when one pedals the bikes. The audio, a loop of various individuals sharing their own memories of learning a skill, is personal and familiar. That the viewer must pedal the bike to trigger the recording magnifies the sense of intimacy - we are active participants in this relationship. ISU students were encouraged to add our own voices to the project, by calling in to record a story for the audio loop and writing, in our own hand, an addition to the skills wall.