AboutThis sculpture contains two circuit-bent aftermarket car alarm kits and a salvaged GMC cargo van tail light. The alarm sequences may be paused and/or advanced by the four buttons on top of the sculpture. There are capacitive electrodes on the back of the sculpture which affect the sample rates of the alarms, as well as on/off switches which cause the alarms to pulse. Power is provided by a salvaged computer power supply. The box is made from masonite and coated with primer, black sparkle paint, and dozens of clear coats. This sculpture is exceptionally loud and irritating, much like the car alarms that constantly went off directly outside an apartment where I used to live.
Car Alarm was performed at CalArts for the 2011 California Electronic Music Exchange Concert, and at UCSD's 2011 Unusual Encounter.