‘Interior Turbulence and the Thresholding of Atmospheres’, my paper on the installation project Cloud Sound has been published in the Interstices issue ‘Atmospheres and Affect’ edited by Andrew Douglas. The full paper is available here.
Abstract: Turbulence, understood as a disruptive process of coming together, offers a productive metaphor for making sense of the complex dynamics involved in the formation and design of atmospheres. This paper extends the idea of turbulence to spatial, material, experiential and disciplinary registers, and examines the varied and sometimes contradictory forces that exist between them, with reference to an architectural installation project, Cloud Sound.
An understanding of atmospheres as always in negotiation across a region of turbulence, rather than a static well-defined boundary, is developed. Cloud Sound sustains this uncertainty by keeping things unfixed and in play, part of an active process that I call thresholding. This concept is supported by a discussion of the ambiguity of atmospheres and how they disrupt distinctions between organisms and their environments, something that has implications for expanded disciplinary practises.
Sunlight, passive ventilation system, space blanket, magnets.
A lightweight blanket made of polyurethane film with a thin coating of aluminium is draped over the fresh air outlet of a passive ventilation system. As air flows into the space, the blanket rises and falls, picking up varying reflections from inside and outside the space, and making visible this commonplace but subtle phenomenon.
Breathing. Space. is a collection of projects that are being developed to investigate a series of inter-related ideas: air, breath, vitality, pressure, interiority, ambience and atmosphere. Over the next three months I will produce, install and perform a range of small interventions which explore these inter-relationships and the thresholds between them.
Daylight, lenses, weather sensors, software, sound and mixed media.
Exhibited in the group show Cloudy Sensoria.
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne.
October – December, 2012
This installation employs a camera obscura to project an image of the sky immediately outside the gallery into the darkened interior. Data from an array of various sensors located outside the space are routed into a piece of custom software, which manipulates dozens of small samples of sound to create an “aural cloud” that responds to the atmospheric conditions beyond the gallery space.
Cloud Sound takes known everyday phenomena — weather, optics — and transforms them into a space of delicate and lively experience. The installation breaks our habitual attention, literally turning the world upside–down. By doing so, it draws attention to the complex relations that constitute experience, the various climatic and affective atmospheres involved.
From light phenomena to sound, qualities of smell and the dispersal of air in space, Cloudy Sensoria explores the intangible forms of sensation. The exhibition acts as a site specific interpretation of the time shifting experiences at Bundoora Homestead. Originally the home of an aristocratic family, then an institution for men deeply traumatised and often disfigured by war; no one lives here anymore, it is now a cultural centre, a place for ideas and contemplation. As if the walls could tell their stories, the artists engage the audience in new ways of seeing – often not with the eyes – perceiving the building, its location and history.
Artists: Chris Cottrell, Georgina Cue, Jason Parmington, Cara-Ann Simpson and Malte Wagenfeld.
Curated by Cara-Ann Simpson and Malte Wagenfeld.
Exhibition runs Friday October 19 – Sunday December 2
Opening launch : Saturday October 27th, 3-6pm
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne.
More details available here.
The last in a series of three mixtapes of aural atmospheres.
compiled may–august 2012
mixtaped august 2012
marsen jules oeillet sauvage
leyland kirby tonight is the last night of the world
philip jeck wholesome
christopher willits & ryuichi sakamoto chi-yu
taylor deupree & stephan mathieu solitude of spheres
stephan mathieu remain
rosy parlane jessamine (part one)
koen holtkamp night swimmer
Abstract: Interiority typically constructs an ambience, or atmosphere, distinct from the unruly weather–atmosphere of the exterior. But this relationship is more complicated than mere separation; the exterior and interior are held together in a dynamic interplay of atmospheres, surfaces, materials and perceptions. This interplay is foregrounded in the work of James Turrell, whose projects engage in the complexity of this relationship, and embrace ambiguous and oscillating readings of inside and outside. Drawing attention to these inter–connections disrupts our habitual attention and invites a reconsideration of the categories we employ that allow us to make useful sense of the world.
This paper will discuss an installation by Turrell called Meeting, in reference to Sylvia Lavin’s notion of kissing, an extended metaphor which uses the term in both its bodily and geometric senses. Kissing will be used to think through the relationships present in an experience of Turrell’s work. I will examine how combinations of our bodies, atmosphere–weathers, and atmosphere–ambiences, intermix to create new, durationally dependent definitions of threshold, which complicate the interior and distinguish it from the discipline of architecture.
The first in a series of three mixtapes of aural atmospheres.
compiled march–april 2012
mixtaped april 2012
lawrence english …and clouds for company
fennesz city of light
andrea polli round mountain
robert henke studies for thunder
brian eno 1/1 (ambient 1: music for airports)
chris watson vatnajökull
thomas köner nieve penitentes 2
clams casino waterfalls
Half tone image on tracing paper.
4.6m x 3.1m
Exhibited at Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Representing a cloud, itself an accumulation of particles, through the process of half-tone imaging creates an edgeless field where matter is rendered through density, rather than line. Installed across the gallery windows, the work diffuses the light entering the space, producing a soft and subtly changing atmospheric effect.