Inyan Iye (Telling Rock)

Devin Ronneberg and Kite, New Media Installation, 2020

Inyan Iye (Telling Rock)

Devin Ronneberg and Kite, New Media Installation, 2020

Suzanne Kite and Devin Ronneberg’s interactive sculpture Íŋyaŋ Iyé (Telling Rock) interrogates the relationships between human and non-human entities. As Ínyan Iyé speaks, listeners may respond to it by bending and moving its braids, affecting sounds and influencing the lights via intertial motion units and flex sensors. The computer “listens” to these changes and makes its own decisions that further effect the lights and sounds. Through Oglála Lakȟóta ontologies, even materials such as metals, rocks, and minerals can communicate of their own volition. By considering the ‘hearing’ and ‘listening’ capabilities of nonhuman entities, a method of engagement reliant upon mutual respect and responsibility becomes possible. ​