1. Tentacule (2018)
    medium: velcro, motors, speakers, plastic tubing, wood, metal, electronics
    Lhoste Art Contemporain Arles, France

    Tentacule is a site-specific sound sculpture that examines the sonic materiality of Velcro as it is situated within the ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and BDSM (bondage, dominance, slave, master) communities. This machine houses 10 speakers that are mechanically driven by Velcro extrications that occur on top of the speakers’ paper cones. The kinetic dynamics of the velcro becoming hooked and unfastened is transmitted through large plastic tubes that resonate and transfer the acoustic energy into different parts of the space.

    This “BDSMR” object complicates our awareness of sound and sensuality by casting materiality as an erotic fetish, one that derives from our darker, more lurid impulses. The imposing cephalopodic presence of the black machine suggests a cyborgian instrument somewhere in between an organ, a music box, and a Luigi Russolo noise machine.

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  2. This is a clip from the multi-disciplinary performance piece "Iron Wedding", presented at the Eighth International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Scranton, PA. This short excerpt from the performance features "Wedding Music Box", a kinetic sculpture by Allen Peterson. The sculpture plays "Music Box Theme in C Major", by Nicole Bovasso. Cynthia Handel is featured as the music box dancer, and Matt Toole assists in the operation of the machine. Jenny Hager was the organizer of the overall "Iron Wedding" performance, of which this is a brief excerpt.

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  3. tele-present wind - 2018

    This installation consists of a series of 126 x/y tilting mechanical devices connected to thin dried plant stalks installed in a gallery and a dried plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting the motion to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore the stalks in the gallery space move in real-time and in unison based on the movement of the wind outside.

    May-September 2018 a newly expanded version of tele-present wind was installed at Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao and the sensor was installed in an outdoor location adjacent to the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab at the University of Minnesota. Thus the individual components of the installation in Spain moved in unison as they mimicked the direction and intensity of the wind halfway around the world. As it monitored and collected real-time data from this remote and distant location, the system relayed a physical representation of the dynamic and fluid environmental conditions.

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  4. "Sound Landscapes" is a multidisciplinary acoustic performance, created by Peter Aidu, and perceived both as a sound-drama and as an acoustic and visual installation. Its main instruments are mechanical noise machines, represented right on the stage, most of which have been reconstructed according to the drawings and schemes from 19 and early 20th century, originally being used for stage and early film sound design. Historically being hidden from the public behind the scenes as a functional machinery, "Sound Landscapes" treats noise machines as pure musical instruments and visually appealing sound-art objects. The sound piece has a score, strictly according to which performers operate the machines and move on stage. With the help of approximately one hundred sound devices (the quantity may vary depending on the venue and stage properties) performers recreate soundscapes of wild forest, thunderstorm, ocean, city, factory, construction site, war and battle etc. Thereafter the piece consists of four acts - "Landscape #1", "Industrialisation", "Landscape #2", "Dies Irae" - that form together sort of four-part soundscape symphony, where imitative sounds become metaphors for nature and human co-existence, comprehensible both by enthusiasts and non-specialists, traditionally oriented audience and contemporary art lovers, adults and kids. The overall duration of the performance is approximately one hour. In 2016 the performance won the prestigious “Golden Mask” award.

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  5. 'Parthenocarp' is a sound art installation which consists out of 3 one string instruments. The sound of the 3 instruments is creating a 'drone' which is changing in a very slowly way by the growth of the cucumbers. Each string is vibrating by the touch of a wooden wheel which is slowly turning around by a drill behind each instrument.
    Because each cucumber has it's own speed of growing, the tone of each instrument is changing in it's own way. Therefore the drone is constantly changing into harmony and dis-harmonie...
    The work refers to the changing urban plans of Alkmaar during the last 50 years. It changed from an agricultural area into an industrial area and is now being changed into a residential region.

    dimension: length of each instrument: 4,5 meter
    materials: cucumber plants, water, sodium lights, drill machines, ply
    -wood, metal, steel strings.
    year: 2010
    exhibition: Kunsteyssen, Alkmaar, Netherlands

    concept, production and design: Ronald van der Meijs
    website: http://www.ronaldvandermeijs.nl

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