Akil Ahamat uses video, sound, text, performance and installation to examine online and consumer cultures as well as how they effect and shape subjectivity. Ahamat’s work is primarily by research into Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) and the translation of its aesthetics of intimacy into public space. The intimate aural space created by Ahamat thrusts the audience’s body into close virtual proximity with their own. Within the public context of the gallery, this forced intimacy becomes a gently disarming platform for Ahamat to discuss the formation of their own identity through various media.
Unchained Melody is an experiential installation comprising a suite of sound works and a speculative therapeutic technology: the Sonic Shower. Within the installation, the Sonic Shower plays synthesised sound as a simulacrum of the healing effects of water while a separate speaker plays a series of unreturned voice-mails sent from a recurrent character within Ahamat’s work: the snail.