Live visual show with Yosi Horikawa
A collaboration with Sound Designer Yosi Horikawa to create a portable installation to work with his album Vapor. The album involves intricate field recordings mixed with digital instruments and a special Kalimba made by Yosi. I wanted to create something that enhanced the fineness in execution of his music, involving layers of rhythms and contrast of sounds.
At first I wanted to get the inspiration from the shapes of the Kalimba which directed the pattern of how the installation was positioned then researched different types of materials which would have some control of the light projected on the 18 panels.
Working with projections via computer is one part of the installation but the materials used gave the final texture and appearance. Some installations lose the elegance from when it is just a still (without projections) to when there is movement. Yosi's music is very elegant and the sound production is of a high quality which I felt was important to develop towards that direction.
Since working on the research in my previous installation Fovea, I was understanding more about the contrast of light and the dynamics of how senses are enhanced using the priority of darkness as opposed to light (dark adaptation/light adaptation). The materials chosen for the installation was to help keep the darkness and to enhance the glow when light was involved. In the video of the installation you can see how this evolves. I used a mixture of digital still frames and recordings of nature which I filmed within different environments. I created the pattern to form a rhythm when Yosi's music was progressing throughout the live show in contrast to some stills and slow moving images to enhance the pace with the music.
The focus of the installation was mainly the materials that where built together, where as the content created was to compliment the use of materials. In some ways I realise that the knowledge I've gained through working in textiles and as a tailor has followed me through when working with installation as I still have a strong focus on surface texture.
Through live shows I create separate panels to have as much control on rhythm, sections and the freedom to improvise with different layers.