Rallentando offers a dose of nature, when and where nature may be hard to find.
"Beautiful, peaceful, thought-provoking."
"It was a remarkable experience."
“I reflected on the beautiful "cycle" of using technology to create a relaxing oasis of nature within a city, in a society that often blames technology for removing us from the natural world.”
“I didn’t want to leave.”
Rallentando is a multimedia art installation that creates a virtual forest, enabling hyper-living participants to experience a vital restoration of body and memory. Rallentando is based on the Japanese idea of Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Bathing. It creates an environment for a participatory audience in which they might be calmed in the same way as the gentle exposure to nature is known to do, slowing breath and heart-rates.
The audience experiences a gradual slackening of tempo, helping them to leave behind the distractions of contemporary urban life. Time decelerates with images of clouds, greens, blues, sunlight, wind, water, and waves.
Digital media artist William Mackwood maps video projections onto the exhibition space in order to create vivid, fully immersive, forest-like worlds, with properties that nourish and rejuvenate participants. This all creates the setting for movement artists, who are using body (Kinect) cameras, to contribute interactive events into the Forest Bathing experience.
DJ Chel Paterson creates a sonic trail using his turntable as an instrument. Sounds are captured and looped, and include the pulses monitored from selected participants, all forming a collective resting heartbeat, creating a deeply personal as well as shared experience among the participants.
Rallentando can be mapped specifically for any environment: Galleries, Museums, Conference Centres, Theatre Halls or Urban Centres with hard permanent structures or temporary structures such as tents. It is accessible for persons of all ages, cultures, and languages, including those with visual or hearing impairment. The piece loops in 30-minute cycles and participants are invited to rest and stay as long as they wish and can.
Contacts: Gwenyth Dobie