Erika ap­pears as a char­ac­ter wear­ing a mask, and the au­di­ence mem­ber wears head­phones, and they have an in­ti­mate con­ver­sa­tion. — artist Mark-David Hos­ale

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The wit­nesses out­side the tent hear a con­stant sound, “a polyphony of voices speak­ing the text,” Hos­ale ex­plained. “The only thing you hear if you’re not the par­tic­i­pant is that sound, and you hear her singing. The par­tic­i­pant hears through head­phones Erika’s voice speak­ing very qui­etly and also the sounds from the fact that we’re us­ing some bio-sens­ing. We are soni­fy­ing her mus­cles, her move­ments, and there is a sen­sor con­nect­ing her heart­beat to some jew­elry, so it pulses with the heart rate.”

“What’s lovely about the piece,” Bat­dorf said, “is whether you sit down and have a one-on-one ex­pe­ri­ence, or if you stay long enough and look through the eye­holes and lis­ten, the sound score on the out­side of the tent is ac­tu­ally de­signed to go with my singing as well. So be­ing out­side is an equally valid way to re­late to the piece. The goal of all the work is to serve the au­di­ence mem­ber in a very par­tic­u­lar and in­ti­mate way. I don’t want it to be­come about me. I do a lot of solo per­for­mance, and I’m very much in­ter­ested in not hav­ing peo­ple look at me and go­ing, Wow, what you did was so im­pres­sive. I’d rather have them have an ex­pe­ri­ence and not even re­ally re­mem­ber me. The mask, in a way, gives the au­di­ence mem­bers some pri­vacy to have their own ex­pe­ri­ence.” — Paul Wei­de­man

Erika Bat­dorf and Mark-David Hos­ale’s “Bur­nish” is pre­sented as part of Cur­rents New Me­dia from 6 p.m. to mid­night Fri­day, June 9; 12 p.m. to mid­night Satur­day, June 10; and noon to 7 p.m. Sun­day, June 11. The in­stal­la­tion is out­side El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Fa­milia).

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