Sentire L’Aria (Feel the Air), a performance installation led by Riccardo Blumer and MADWORKSHOP, brought together design students from around Los Angeles to explore the mechanics of sound and the body as an engine for communication. Presented on the occasion of MADWORKSHOP’s 2018 fall event, the workshop asked participants carve wooden ‘rhombus’ devices, adapted from an ancient signaling system dating back to the Paleolithic era. When spun on the length of string, each of these objects release a low and repetitive frequency that is unique to its designer. The installation was therefore composed of a series of ephemeral gestures specific to the time and place of its performance.
PLANE—SITE produced this video as an idiosyncratic record of this particular workshop and its performers, though this design process can produce unlimited iterations.