When a space becomes disused and left to itself, what happens? Does it sit patiently inert, or does it let itself slowly decompress, releasing built up emissions of past daily processes continuing unabated and unmonitored – except by you.
Melt is a site-specific audio-visual installation that makes use of the decommissioned ticket booth as an aperture into an abandoned realm. Using spatialised sound and projected animation, Melt materializes the outflow of years of transactions, and exchange that have accumulated within the station over time.
The soundscape indicates that Melt extends beyond the ticket office and into the broader station complex. The once solid bricks and mortar become soluble and unstable. This work is experienced from the ticket booth window, a single point of perspective. The participation with the work recreates the personal exchange encountered when purchasing a ticket or asking for information, only one ‘customer’ at a time. By reactivating the obsolescent interface of commuter/employer transaction through the ticket window, Melt invites the audience to participate and complete the artwork.