Video Documentation: Sebastian Alvarez
Performance Duration: 20 mins I Excerpt: 4.30 mins
Performed @ SOMArts, San Francisco for Night Light, April 27th 2012
**Headphones recommended for sound in this video.
Live video & lights: Diwaker Gupta
Video Programming: Diwaker Gupta
From her memories of Indian classical music to the multiplicity of sounds emerging from old mechanical fans, Surabhi Saraf’s Spinning Four deals with the phenomena on which we all depend, wind and breath. As her memories of Indian classical music travel from her lungs to the microphone, she layers the sound of her voice over the droning percussion of the rotating blades of aged fans powered by electric motors. While fans are used most familiarly to cool people (as well as the machinery that surround us), Saraf uses them to accompany the uttered sounds of her vocal chords. Once on the air, these sound waves become electrical impulses and data that are manipulated through her laptop in real-time. However,Spin is not only a sonic experience. Saraf also live-feeds the small fans as large video projections that, along her soundscapes, create a visual experience immersive enough to remind that everything is constantly spinning around us—perhaps as the omnipresent elementary particles that quantum mechanics describes. —Sebastian Alvarez