Distant Skies: Pressure Waves by Kathy Hinde and Daniel Skoglund (Graz, Austria)
September 29 - November 16
Phase Transition, a sculptural sound installation, blends the natural noise of dripping water from ice cubes melting at different rates with artificial, metallic sounds to create floating or pulsating tones at low frequencies. The exhibition space is flooded with sound waves: these flow, rise and ebb like water, in patterns that cannot be predicted.
Developed especially for esc medien kunst labor, the installation In Flight consists of cyborg-like origami birds. Suspended from the ceiling, they seem to be gliding off towards distant worlds. Between the opposing forces of nature and technology, In Flight can also be interpreted as a metaphor: with the application of new technologies, to what extent will our bodies become cyborgs? Will changing environmental conditions on Earth force us to inhabit new planets? How do we react to threats posed to social and democratic gains, what new thinking spaces – Distant Skies – are required if we are to develop new concepts for social coexistence?
In Kathy Hinde and Daniel Skoglund’s sound installation Palimpsest, spider-like robots generate sounds and noises that condense into a composition. Drawings, sounds and projections are overlaid layer by layer like a palimpsest, a manuscript from which the original text has been scraped away and overwritten, yet which still bears traces of the old writing. Palimpsest will also be presented as part of ORF musikprotokoll in a concert performance that gradually blurs the boundaries between drawing, video projection and music.