these are a series of detail shots from our piece 'through continuo', currently installed at the brooklyn zen center for the exhibit 'silence and noise', curated by noah fisher and terence caulkins. for a complete set of photos please visit our flickr site, flickr.com/photos/mayarouvelle/sets/72157629963469306/. 'through continuo' features sound and LED activity that is hard to capture. the audio is intentionally at the threshold of hearing.
'through continuo' is a constellation of events. some are random: gamma-ray detection and the presence and behaviors of visitors, and some are composed: the sonification of the gamma-rays (the quiet pops and clicks one hears around the work), the look of the installation, and the changing frequencies of the LEDs. "frequencies of the LEDs" refers not to the brightening and dimming, but to the changing rates of pulsation.
viewers experience gamma radiation as sound and light. the relationship between the gamma-ray detection and the pops and clicks of sound is linear, 1:1. the relationship between the soft pops and clicks to changes in the frequencies of the LEDs is statistical, non linear. each led has its own pattern of brightening, dimming, and pulsating, and those behaviors are influenced by a statistical analysis of gamma-ray detection in real time.
essentially, the work has linear and logarithmic relationships based on random events. for the viewer, this creates an experience that oscillates between one's impulse to understand events as sequential/temporal and a work that is inherently spectral, i.e., based on persistent, shifting frequencies.
in the context of binary title of this show, Silence and Noise, we're thinking about time and frequency, and how one's experience is persistently both, but how from an increasing number of perspectives time is an illusion unique to the human mind. the universe, it seems, is not sequence, it is waves - but we are wired so that to us its always both. in through continuo the linear relationship between the gamma-ray events and the audible clicks is a noise element in that it evokes the temporal mind, and the silence is the silence of the visible change in LED frequency. the Silence and Noise effect is that the work itself is an oscillation, a wavelet and an interval between the two.