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Dana Haugaard works with sensation and stimulation with the hopes of—even for a moment—enabling people to gain a heightened sense of self-awareness. He attempts to engineer moments in which people become more conscious of themselves and their environments and how each affects the other. Working with sound, he creates reactive environments with sensors and audio controllers that use both low and high frequency sine waves and vibration generators to physically affect people and spaces. These moments of unexpected physical stimulation are crucial moments as they remind us that we are aware—that we are indeed real physical beings. Haugaard is currently researching the mechanics of sound, trying to find ways to use and exploit the subtleties of sound to engineer a more affective experience.
Haugaard grew up in Decatur, GA, and has recently returned to Atlanta after living in Iowa City, where he received his MFA from the University of Iowa and taught sculpture at Kirkwood Community College.