May 5, 2012 - May 6, 2012 19:00
Stazione Leopolda di Firenze | IT
Within the project POST ELETTRONICA
curated by Valentina Gensini and Letizia renzini
In tribute to John Cage, the project POST ELETTRONICA investigates territories of “post-electronic” experimentation revealing Cage’s contemporary inheritance and presenting artists who share a dramatic and gestural use of new technologies. Hybrid works that combine music, video, performance, sculpture, sound, noise become vocabularies of a composite language in which the management of advanced software is combined with the artifact in an attempt to dissolve the conceptual approach towards the involvement of the viewer.
Echo Moiré is a robotic opera-ballet in which a pair of semi-autonomous loudspeaker vehicles is employed to play a room as a musical instrument.
Exploring the acoustic properties of the room, the vehicles create aural images that float in the air, enveloping listeners with patterns of echoes rebounding off the walls.
The work is inspired by Alvin Lucier’s 1968 composition Vespers and aims to raise awareness on human echolocation capabilities, aural spatial perception and the physics of sound. Using mobile directional loudspeakers emitting trains of pulses, the trajectories followed by sound waves from source to listener are made apparent.
Gradually scanning the room’s boundaries, aural images of the space are formed. Modulating the pulses over time, these images are manipulated and sculpted, giving rise to different spatial forms, textures and densities in which the audience is immersed. Staging modes of interaction that alternate between seduction and threat, the vehicles activate an enhanced state of perception, rooted in instincts of navigation and survival.