Frequency, Lumens, Place is an installation I created with Vaughn Sadie. Its aim was to explore how space is constructed using sound and light.
Durban Art Gallery, 2010/10/28 – 2010/11/28.
Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, 2011/04/02 – 2011/04/09.
GIPCA Live Art Festival, 2012/12/03 – 2012/12/04
The sound in the installation is built to take advantage of feedback and the resonant frequencies of the room. There are four speakers and two microphones. The signal from the microphones is fed through a computer and out to the speakers – making a feedback loop.
The total amount of light produced by the chairs is 500 lux. 500 lux is the correct quantity of light required to illuminate the space uniformly and provide optimum viewing conditions. However this would be true only in a situation where the lights are placed above you in the ceiling. The chairs are there to create a space less like a gallery. It’s not necessarily about looking at the walls, but to be aware of the floor, the size of the space, and so on.
A room with just sound and no objects or light to occupy the space would encourage you to get lost in other thoughts. A chair in a room has purpose. It’s about being there. So move around the space, take a seat (remember they’re not only art, they’re also chairs) – and have a listen. What you get out of the installation is up to you – sit down, move around, make some noises – basically explore the room and its sound. A room with only sound and no objects or light occupying the space would encourage you to get lost in other thoughts.
The project was part of my studies towards my Masters in Music Technology.
Download the Frequency, Lumens, Place Project Report.
Rike wrote a review of the work on ArtThrob.
Read the review.