Three Breaths in Empty Space
Video + Sound Installation (2019)
Three Breaths in Empty Space is a contemplative audiovisual installation for two-screen-wide projection and quad sound.
Three Breaths in Empty Space was commissioned by Phoenix Cinema and Gallery, Leicester, with the support of Arts Council England, to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Phoenix's move to Phoenix Square. The installation premiered Nov 19 to Dec 31, 2019.
I manipulated the visual mechanism that yielded the closing moments of Estuaries 2 to create a fourteen-minute seamless loop organised into three vast “breaths”.
I developed the visual material with my OptiNelder plug-in filter for Apple’s Motion 5 video effects software, providing hundreds to thousands of mathematical algorithms exploring an input image to discover the brightest points.
The audio entails a continuous chord created with my compressed-feedback synthesis algorithm, expressing a harmonic field derived from the opening of Ravel's piano piece Ondine (1908). Custom code in Max controlled audio granulation and filtering of this chord. Additional material arose from time-stretching and convolution of samples from Ondine, plus slowed, sequenced melodies from its opening section sounding at the peak of each “breath”.
Image size: 3840x1080 (2x HD width)