2009, high definition video installation, 11:10
-in collaboration with Tom and Sugi
Aria shows the artist’s companion dogs, Sugi and Tom exploring the natural world; a journey through a forested landscape ending with Tom vocalizing his enthusiasm as a kind of “aria.” Aria, the operatic form, is defined as a long accompanied song by a solo voice, with origins in 18th century Italian music. The form of the aria and the imagery in Aria recall historical romanticism which, in art, emphasized personal inspiration and individual subjectivity. These ideas coincide with the objectives of Aria, which is to present the emotional connection of Tom and Sugi to the natural world.
The soundscape is entirely constructed from Tom's song; all the ambient sounds of the landscape –birds, wind, insects–and harmonics are created from his voice.
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