Push The Button is a sound art collective founded by Brad Berridge, Davin Huston, and Vincent Olivieri. Push The Button creates sound art pieces that engage the audience as a participant and performer within the larger context of the work. Rather than limit the audience to the literal role of listening, Berridge, Huston, and Olivieri seek to blur the line between artist and audience, performer and performed-to. Push The Button uses new technology to increase the corporeal engagement with the art.
City Park (2011) places the audience in the middle of a natural oasis within an urban environment. Using handheld devices, audience members directly engage with their aural environment. The soundscape changes dynamically based not on the whim of the artist, but on the whim and curiosity of the audience member.
Grab a device and play. Adjust the fader. Move the point. Trigger the sound. Push the Button.
Brad, Davin, and Vincent think at Williams College, Purdue University, and University of California-Irvine, respectively.