This site features selected works by Jen Goya / Jennifer Goya-Smith.

Who Moo New Coo

Jennifer Goya
Who Moo New Coo, 2017
Interactive Sound and Image

Who Moo New Coo is a multimedia installation that features custom software I designed that isolates the sounds of common words being spoken and are played on command by the user.  The sounds are paired with illustrations to introduce a playful way to learn how to pronounce the Hawaiian name for the Hawaii state fish.  This piece illustrates a conceptual and phonetic way to pronounce the Hawaiian name for the reef triggerfish, called humuhumunukunukuapua`a.

The sounds can be played in any order creating a sense of uncomfortable chaos.  The interaction is intended to be a reenactment of the key moment of an event that occurred when I was 16 years old, selling t-shirts at a store in Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii. This installation invites playful interaction with the sounds, to help reimagine this story and to encourage a playful way to learn a new language.   

This interactive media installation was conceived with a companion website.   The website features interactive animations and are paired with a written narrative telling the full account of the exchange I had with a woman and her family that inspired this piece.


Misbits Gallery
Oxford, Mississippi

University of Mississippi
Art Department
Virtual Visiting Artist Program

A printed prototype of the web-based work exhibited in Mississippi.

Mid-Pacific Institute
Oxford Citizen
The Daily Mississippian

The website tells the story, while the installation reenact the story.

You can visit the website at  The website is optimized for desktop viewing.