Hot Listening Booth

  • Hot Listening Booth by Stelios Manousakis & Stephanie Pan

Working to fight off cold as well as the loneliness of solitary listening, Stelios Manousakis’ and Stephanie Pan’s Hot Listening Booth is a venue for intimate listening under high temperatures: a 3-person dry sauna heated by infrared light. Sound is broadcast over speakers inside it but also from the sauna cabin’s wooden body. The installation offers intense immersive experiences of sound, heat, and human connection.

Hot Listening Booth was originally created for Modern Body Festival 2016 and its exploration of the social body through the I/WE/THEY theme. In that occasion it hosted the audio-DH project by Francisco López, featuring 250 sound artists and musicians from The Hague and their 195 compositions. Other versions are under development.

Year: 2016
Artists: Stelios Manousakis, Stephanie Pan
Type: Sound and heat installation
Description: Infrared sauna listening station
Dimensions: 2m x 1.8m x 1.2m
Duration: Variable
Capacity: 3 persons
Materials/Media: Infrared heaters, loudspeakers and electronics, Raspberry Pi computer, software, sound, heat
Software: Variable
Photo credit: Erin McKinney