Troika’s ‘Electroprobe Installations’ is a series of site-specific installations which incorporate an assemblage of local electronic and electric objects alongside a magnetic microphone called the Electroprobe. The microphone imbues the inanimate with life by ‘listening’ to the otherwise inaudible, internal sounds of its surrounding objects.
The ‘Electroprobe’ is a device for listening in on our electronic surroundings: electric murmurs, magnetic hums and inaudible whistles. Originally part of a group of objects termed the Subjective Tool Series, which began in 2003 with the ‘SMS Guerrilla Projector’ , the ‘Electroprobe’ is an attempt to subvert the inherently rational, objective nature of tools and everyday commodities by affording them a seemingly emotional, autonomous life.
The first in the series, ‘Electroprobe Installation #1, Shit I forgot the iPod’, a chaotic assemblage of electric/electronic objects commonly found in the houses of the 21st century: electric appliances, mobile phones chargers, DVD players, computers and transformers, was installed in 2005 at Museum for Contemporary Art, Münster as part of group exhibition ‘Ron Arad – The Masters Selection’.
The various objects manifest as an electronic ‘orchestra’ which the viewer is able to hear with the use of the ‘Electroprobe’; symphonies and dialogues between otherwise inanimate and inaudible objects, become audible through headphones.