"on the filaments, there where the plateau rises" was artistically and technically developed since 2018 at the studio of the artist Juliana Herrero in Vienna. The sound-kinetic installation was then shown for first time in a set 1:1 site specific at sehsaal (5th district, Vienna) where the exhibition took place from Nov., the 27th to Dec., the 20th
on the filaments, there where the plateau rises
Steel cable, mini speakers, stereo sound in loop, electric motors, strings, led light
size (about 200cm x 500cm, variable hight)
Site specific at sehsaal, Vienna
on the filaments, there where the plateau rises attempts in an emancipatory way to investigate a meta- scape of a "virtual-real" world by means of the practice of "Sound Floating Landscapes". Through the use of (digital) found footage and specially generated materials, which are fragmented, recombined and re-layered, fictional realities are created that allow the real to tilt into the virtual, and the virtual into the real, those emerge physically as filaments which are suspended in "latent" movement. The audio components of the work record location-based data such as geo-coordinates - in audio translation and relate them to each other through whispering and conversation. The voice(s) of the machine meet speech recordings to question phonetics and the rhythm of spoken language; the human voice, in contrast to the artificial-machine and the material, stands as a metaphor for the dialectical relationship between human being and technology, which is repeated in affective perception and for processes of change in our real and imaginary cartographies.
A Latent Sound Floating Landscape: Infinite Forms
In this work, the net of wire ropes unfolds in four dimensions (- time is identified as the fourth dimension) through interconnected lines emanating from the same geometric figure: the isosceles triangle. This smallest unit (thought parallel to Leibniz's monad) is here a formal abstraction, which is infinitely reduced by multiple subdivisions, and can grow equally. Each isosceles triangle can itself be divided into four isosceles triangles, thus producing infinitely small isosceles triangles. Inspired by Borges' subtle narrative "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", the fragile construction of the physical net is understood as an "abstract model of the infinite". Constant movement keeps the work floating in its infinite forms: The singularity of the work does not manifest itself in one form, but in its immersive reality of becoming. To achieve this, the installation moves slowly. Technically, this movement is controlled by small electric motors with string pulls. Ideally, the movement appears very subtle, leading to changes in certain nodes of the matrix structure.
In its first implementation, this "Sound Floating Landscape" is anchored at several points by thin strings running in pathways along the ceiling, to the wheels of 12 small DC motors (coded by Arno Aumayr). Pathways and rhythms are defined by the artist Juliana Herrero on longitudinal sections, like a geological map: within this approach and the parameter of the motors number turns, she designed and defined the latent movement of the work. The wire mesh "matrix" that she handcrafted herself is overlaid with sound (machine voices and a human voice - by the artist, as well as silence: filled with machine noises and earth sounds from outer space -Nasa recordings). The artwork is then suspended site specific in a constant process of becoming.
The opening exhibition took place at sehsaal on November, the 27th.
Opening speeches were given by Daniela Hahn (introduction to the work "on the filaments, there where the plateau rises" by Juliana Herrero), Barbara Höller (from sehsaal) and Lucas Mobrici (Cultural Attaché of the Argentine Embassy in Vienna)
During the opening evening there was also a performance: "Performative dialogues #1" by Yoh Morishita and Julia Müllner, who in their dialogue involved "on the filaments, there where the plateau rises" as well as the audience and the space. Also, "Performative dialogues #2" took place in the exhibition on December, the 4th.
(The development process of this work is supported by the MA 7 – Department for visual arts and media arts - City of Vienna)
Artist / Sound-kinetic Installation
Motion technique & Software
Yoh Morishita | Julia Müllner
special thanks to Jakob Scheid for the support!