TANGIBLE OEUVRE TACET: FRICTION
11/03/2014 – 16/03/2014
1000hrs – 1800hrs daily
Earl Lu Gallery #B102 Basement 1, mezzanine
“The composer’s surface is an illusion into which he puts something real – sound. The painter’s surface is something real from which he then creates an illusion…” Morton Feldman
TANGIBLE OEUVRE TACET is an ongoing series of tactile sound installations conceived by Darren Ng, exploring the contextual displacement of sounds through invisible vibrations, sprouted from simple musings.
This first installment – FRICTION, explores the intimacy of discreet sounds cradled by chance. This collective tactile sound installation encourages participation and interaction, bestowing the visitors the role of “composers” as they are invited to use any objects on the display counter, in whatever manner they wish, to interact with and create sounds on and in contact with the surface of the tabletop – from rolling a marble, to writing, or drawing on it. The sounds this installation don on are limited only by one’s creativity and imagination.
Through the course of the day, the sounds created are recorded and processed real-time algorithmically, playing back randomly or when triggered by sounds made by other visitors. The sound installation is thereby created live by the collective efforts of the visitors conveying the present to the future as past, like an encrypted personal signature echoing in time, a lost message traveling to unknown ears; and the tabletop a relic of visual remnants documenting past communal interactions between strangers. The composer’s surface is now something real from which he then creates an illusion like a painter, orchestrating a symphony of alienating micro-sounds…
To quote Aristotle – “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. The invisible (micro) sounds of our everyday lives, masked by the cacophony of our (macro) urban sound-scape and environment, make up our continued existence aurally. The installation hopes to distill and displace these sounds in relation to existing audible sounds, as visitors explore the intimacy of these discreet sounds and create for themselves, deterministically, a sound installation of their own.
Part of Sound: Latitudes and Attitudes 2014