The interactive sound installation “Ø” was commissioned for the 28th Music Biennale Zagreb, and is a continuation of an earlier exploration of the relationship between the Universe and man, sound and space, the materialization of noise and the localization of the infinity of sounds in the expanse of space.
The work consists of a trunk of an old Istrian olive tree, brought down by the forces of nature, polished using the Japanese technique of revealing the growth rings. Every growth ring is a witness of time and a pledge of a new journey. The gallery space is filled with emptiness. The silence draws us in. The visitor is invited to gently touch the time of the tree and activate the sounds, noises and harmonies of the music which nature inscribed among the growth rings (wind, rain and waves) in subtle combination with the NASA's sound probes waves recorded in Space (stars explosions, whispers).
By using directional ultrasonic speakers, reflecting onto a parabola, the installation creates an individualized listening experience, depending on the focal point of the visitor. The object becomes a musical instrument with a multitude of combination.
The touch becomes the symbolic connection of counterpoint, the touch of the inaudible.
Author: Davor Sanvincenti
Software engineer: Mio Gladović
Camera: Miran Krčadinac, Domagoj Blažević
Release date: April 2015
Curator: Karla Pudar
Production: Croatian Composers Society
28th Music Biennale - Zagreb, HR
Device_Art Triennale - Montreal, CA
MFRU International festival of computer arts - Maribor, SI
Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria - Pula, HR