Work-In-Progress: European Cultural Centre - Venice, Italy
Strada Nova, 3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy
SEEMINGLY UNRELATED SYSTEMS
This project is an exploration of the connections that may (or may not) exist in complex systems. These experiments create intersections between music composition, whale vocalization, the internet, neuroscience, and the urban condition of Venice, Italy. The possible discovery of connective tissues running through these seemingly disparate elements holds the potential for empathetic growth—an outcome cultivating any newfound empathy is considered successful.
The experiments can be looked at as three, separate developments:
Venice Experiment #0001: untitled.experiment.sound.urban-environment.20170513
The first experiment is time-based, being found in the urban context of Venice, Italy. This experiment employs row boats and rowers that move through the city’s canals. Within each boat is a smartphone, as well as a large, battery-operated loudspeaker. The smartphone is connected to the loudspeaker, playing sounds of whale vocalization as the boats move throughout the city. Communication (natural and digital), a cross-species relationship to water, and the use of levity as an urban design tool are all elements at play. These components act together to create an unusual presence of nature within the civic setting.
Venice Experiment #0002: untitled.experiment.sound.gallery.20170513
Driven by an anti-disciplinary approach, this installation resides within the gallery and focuses on the sense of sound. The installation dismantles basic rationale used in music composition, allowing streaming internet data to somewhat replace musicians. Hundreds of pre-generated sounds are arranged, queued, and dynamically controlled by software. The composition software is informed in real time by streaming data from the smartphones used in the first experiment, as well as streaming data broadcast by sensor-clad buoys located in oceans throughout the world. The arrangement is constantly evolving as the data incessantly influences the composition, examining culturally significant properties of music, the internet, and their relationship to each other. Because it employs data gained from the first experiment, this piece also builds a physical, however intangible, connection to the urban setting, as well as “natural” communication methods developed by mammals over thousands of years.
Venice Experiment #0003: untitled.experiment.technique.visual.“mekong”.20170301
Comparatively simple, the final experiment pairs the sonic composition with a visual counterpart. Based on work with anthropologist Cera Armstrong and neurologist Dr. John Medina, this experiment looks for unempirical evidence used to gauge the value of sonic art within the gallery setting. In part, the visual component asks the audience, including the artist, to determine if the piece should exist. Simultaneously, the imagery intends to create a conceptual thread between the experiments by leveraging the more often relied upon sense sight to visually augment the sonic work.