WAVEFORM B

 

2005

WAVEFORM B is an installation. On a black floor occurs a white stripe of glowing light that is displaying minimal structures in subtle movement and various amplitudes of pure colour. Since the image emanates from a stripe on the floor, the viewer is strongly suggested to come and stay close in order to actually see something. The subtlety in which the visual material develops can only be experienced in this position and therefore the position of a viewer is assumed to be defined. Looking down WAVEFORM B appears as an abstract visual flow moulded from images based on the notion of noise and interference. The two main elements are visual noise that is in constant permutation and drift and long empty waves of monochrome light, both displayed by a chain of conventional image projectors. These images appear very even, consistent and without direction and result in visual qualities of symphonic noise permutations or as aseptic, pure, at times empty. The absence of signs, gestures or objects in the apparently dimensionless audiovisual meta-movement evokes the notion of primal aesthetic matter.In addition small sparks of high amplitude light re-define the perception of those low amplitude light-waves. These sparks are emitted by stroboscope lamps. They are indeed crucial for the specific visual impression. Other than the precisely defined area of the projected image that seems to happen exactly on the surface of the projection-field the strobe-lights function like small borderless flashes that are flooding the whole space in miniature time segments.The space is silenced and defined in it overall atmosphere by a warm and low spatial sound, that could be described as a frozen harmonic cluster slowly rotating around its harmonic centre. It occurs un-localised and 3-dimensionaly spatial, displayed by small speakers and sub-woofers. This sound colours and superposes the noises and acoustic events that may randomly unsettle the area but it generates a delicate and subtle tension of its own

Sound and image appear only seldom in actual sync although all is synchronously controlled by a master computer. However, it is the exclusion of computer aided interactivity that activates and empowers the viewer’s sensitivities releasing them from the promise of navigation and allowing them to accept the internalisation of their activity as viewers, or experiences. WAVEFORM B is intended to create a distinct quality of cognition in the space, oscillations, temperature, density: Silence.

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2005 — Lentos Museum, Linz

2005-2014

 

 

31 min, looped

2D

1280x1024 / 25 fps

4 x 1280x1024 top down

white field on floor

4.1

8 Atomic 3000 strobes (4 blue / 4 white)

black box, black carpet around white field

Wolfgang Schwarzenbrunner

Ars Electronica, Siemens Kulturstiftung

30 mn

2D, real time generated

3840x1440 / 30 fps

4K projector top down (HD possible)

8 Atomic 3000 strobes (4 blue, 4 white)

white screen, elevated from floor

4.1

black box, black carpet

Matthias Haertig

Epidemic,Paris

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