Installation/composition for water, sound and light
Ondulation is a time-based sculptural installation that employs sound to produce images using the media of water and light. The physical presence of sound is revealed through a vivid fusion of auditory and visual perceptions: a constructed synaesthesia. By creating conditions evoking this neurological condition, where the stimulation of one sense results in the apperception of phenomena through another, Ondulation invites reflection on the underlying conditions of perception itself.
The visitor to Ondulation enters a darkened room dominated by a dramatically lit, rectangular volume. At first glance the object appears monolithic – a solid structure with a mirrored upper surface. But as a deep, reverberant sound fills the space, this apparently rigid surface begins to move, revealing itself to be an opaque white liquid. The white object is, in fact, an enormous basin. As involving and evocative patterns of light start to play across the screen behind the basin it becomes evident to the spectator that there is a link between the sound, the moving liquid and the light. The acoustic vibrations emitted by a pair of loudspeakers under the basin’s surface create two sets of concentric waves in the water. These waves radiate to the edge of the basin, creating complex patterns as they overlap and intersect one another. What appears on the screen is a set of reflections produced by theatre lights reflecting off the surface of the waves. The invisible phenomenon of sound is materialized and rendered visible.
Transformed by sound and exposed to light, water becomes a means of precisely transcribing acoustic phenomena into a language of visual expression. This absolute synchronization of sound and image is found in cinematic traditions. But whereas in cinema sound is often subordinated to visual media, Ondulation develops a non-representational vocabulary by fundamentally altering this relationship. Here, far from simply supporting the image, sound actually creates it as an index of itself. The simultaneity of sensory experiences presented by Ondulation provokes an intriguing paradox of perception: are we viewing sound, or hearing light?
Created by Thomas McIntosh with Mikko Hynninen and musical composition by Emmanuel Madan
Ondulation was produced with the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in partnership with the Lume Media Centre in Helsinki and the Society for Arts & Technology [SAT] in Montreal.
Audio and lighting equipment: Bryston Limited and Selecon.
Engineer for the Digital Realm: Hans Samuelson
Construction: Brian Clark
Consulting Realworld Engineer: David Ozsvari
Special thanks to Terro and Ilkka at Lume and to the SAT team.
Union simple, pure, et tellement belle… Le Devoir, Montreal – 2005-02
Une des meilleures expos de l’année. Voir, Montreal – 2005-12
Mesmerizing… Mirror, Montreal – 2005-12
…a representation of the universe. Finnish Architectural Review Helsinki – 2003
2010.03-06 “Digital Life”, MACRO – Museo D’arte Contemporanea Di Roma, Italy
2008.06 Le Volcan,Le Havre France
2007.10 Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Germany
2007.06-09 Estuaire, Nantes France
2007.04 DEAF, Rotterdam Netherlands
2006.09 Happy New Ears, Courtrai Belgium
2006.09 Francofffonies, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris France
2006.05-07 Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai China
2006.04 Installation temporaire, Nice France
2006.03 Festival VIA, Maubeuge France
2006.03-04 Festival EXIT, Créteil France
2005.02-03Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal QC Canada
2004.03-04 Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh PA USA
2004.02 Mois multi, Méduse, Québec QC Canada
2003.08-09 Helsinki Festival, Helsinki Finland
2002.11 Avanto Festival, Helsinki Finland
June 11th to October 9th 2010
Borusan Musik Evi
İstikal Caddesi Orhan Adli Apaydın Sokak No:1