Cunningham, David (2001) Listening to the architecture, Helsinki. [Art/Design Item]
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The technology employed here is a system of 25 loudspeakers mounted on the massive 4 floor high wall of the main concourse of the Kiasma Gallery (see plan). Each individual speaker is under the control of an automated routing system from a central control system (source is a ProTools system). A microphone mounted in the space was routed to the speaker grid and a pattern of amplification was set up so that the speakers nearest the microphone gently begin to feed back - as the feedback builds, the automation is set so that that row of speakers are faded down and the next row of speakers come on, this process continuing until the end row of speakers. So the feedback sustains and 'moves' through the space, remodulating and shifting as the sets of speakers are activated and deactivated along the concourse.
As with The Listening Room, this installation allows the resonant frequencies of a room to become audible. This process is modulated by very slight acoustic changes as people move around the room, by ambient sound, by humidity and temperature, by noises and by anything that causes air to move.
Behind the apparently sparse minimalism is an attempt to work with natural complexity in a musical situation. In sound, natural complexity is acoustic reflection, resonance, air moving in space and the generation of harmonics.
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This installation was for the exhibition Transience
Activated Space is David Cunningham's project to develop and present a series of installations that alter an architectural space in real time to allow its resonant frequencies to become audible and interactive. The project combines elements from sculpture, electronic media, music, architecture and acoustics.
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||sound, installation, architecture, acoustics, amplification, resonance|
|Copyright Holders:||David Cunningham|
|Related Exhibitions:||A piano in a gallery, Carter Presents, London July - August 2006, The Listening Room, Camden Arts Centre June - July 2005, Exterior, Architectural Association, London April - May 2005, Interior, Kanazawa October 2004, The Listening Room, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham September - November 2003, Listening to the Architecture, Clerkenwell Magistrates' Court, London August 2003, The Listening Room and Stairwell (untitled), ICC, Tokyo July - September 2003, Where a straight line meets a curve (with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler) March 2003, A position between two curves, Tate Britain, London February - May 2003, The Listening Room, The Connecting Principle, Newcastle October 2002, The Listening Room, Biennale of Sydney September - November 1998, Open Square, Copenhagen June 1997, The Listening Room, Chisenhale Gallery, London September 1994|
|Projects or Series:||Activated Space|
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|Material/Media:||microphone, speakers, gallery|
|Date Deposited:||03 Sep 2008 13:18|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 19:31|
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