Resonant Topographies [2017]

Audio-visual installation

Collaboration with Stuart Mellor

Exhibited at the University of Leeds, 2017

In this installation resonant topographies – ‘sound geographies’ caused by the interference distribution that occurs when standing waves manifest in architectural space – are visually articulated through audience listening explorations. An app accessible through each audience member’s smartphone visually reveals the resonant landscape by converting frequency to colour and loudness to brightness. A suspended camera captures these visual traces of listening and these are processed and projected into gallery space as developing colour trails. As visitors populate the installation, the topography is gradually revealed through colour and light: the acoustic signature of the space is rendered as a product of visitors’ explorations in listening.

images by Ellie Wildman

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