Silicasonisphere is an interactive installation combining flameworked glass, light and sound. While visitors are generally not allowed to touch glass art, here we encourage them to play with and move hanging hand made glass objects. The objects are hung in a nearly dark room, with strong, narrowly focused light sources illuminating the glass, creating patterns of refracted light. As the glass moves, the refraction patterns are swept through space. Phototransistors pick up the changes in light intensity, which is converted directly into sound, without any further processing, giving a literal translation of the moving patterns. Participants can experience the varied and often surprising sonic characters of each piece of glass, by spinning and swinging the glass, blocking light paths as they move around the space, and moving the sensors to explore how the sound changes around each of the objects.
Silicasonisphere is supported by Black Cube Collective, ICT/Art Connect, and the European Commission.