CELL is an installation that consists of a steel cylinder (Ø 160cm; H 250cm) which is freely accessible and of a web of wireless sensor blackboxes. On several spots these sensors measure fine vibrations that occur within the building or in the environment. The steel cocoon receives those vibrations and amplifies the low frequencies across its inner surfaces. Sound is distributed over the steel surfaces through six to nine powerful transducers which are mounted inside the double cylinder shell.
The work acts as a focus point of contact events between bodies and architecture. As soon as vibrations resonate with the steel they are registered and stored. The events recorded are looped and slowly rise in pitch over time. The cylinder assumes the function of a repository for infrastructure vibrations, while producing a moaning melody coloured by the steel’s resonance. The melody is always in transformation as it is combined of pitchshifted tones and the arrival of new low energy content from realtime vibrations.
All low frequencies evaporate after some hours when they have lost all of their materiality and they leave the steel sculpture’s memory as high-frequency remainders.