Vibrant Matter is an audio based kinetic sculpture, in which a paper membrane is slowly manipulated by magnets and its sound amplified through the use of embedded metals.
A trip to Iceland forms the origin of this project and research into the relation between, sound, matter and landscape. The extremely contrasting environments all had one thing in common: it seemed like all these places had been frozen in time, as if coagulated in the middle of a metamorphosis. Looking into processes hidden below the surface, Vibrant Matter explores the relationship between the unfolding landscape and its observer like a time lapse. While the visible environment appears static to the eye; below the surface are continuous and ongoing processes, tensions and movements that can be measured, recorded and articulated through sound.
Concept and realisation: Els Viaene
Electronics and programming: Jan Wante
Sound advice: Johan Vandermaelen, Carsten Stabenow
This artwork is a production by Werktank
With the support of the Flemish authorities and CultuurCulture
Sound Art To Object, Wilde Westen en Biënnale Interieur, Kortrijk (BE)
Mois Multi, RectoVerso, Québec (CA)
Bruits Blancs, Anis Gras, Paris (FR)
Lab30, Augsburger Kunstlabor, Augsburg (DE)
Storm op Komst Festival, Warande, Turnhout (BE)
The State of Things, iMAL, Brussel (BE)
Interferences, KIKK festival, Namen (BE)
Prima Materia, Fiber Festival, Amsterdam (NL)