Thursday, January 08, 2009

Holosonic Cerith Wyn Evans

I’m a big fan of Cerith Wyn Evans (even though he never answers my emails). This Youtube shows an artwork he created in collaboration with Throbbing Gristle called APPARITION which was exhibited at the Yokohama Triennale in November, 2008. It uses holosonic sound – ie directional acoustic technology. Basically he has constructed a giant mobile with rotating speakers which project targeted sound while eliminating ambient noise. Music, speech, sound effects, are sent in various directions while the viewer moves across the room. As the speakers rotate, sound builds, fades, cuts out, or suddenly assaults the eardrums, before disappearing again. Depending on their position in the room the experience is unique for each listener and, they too, become an integral part of the artwork.

I think it’s terrific conceptually, aesthetically and aurally. It would be great if APPARITION was exhibited in Wales at some point.