sound installationsteven a. bjornson
exhibition18.1. — 19.1.202012 — 18 h
opening party17.1.2020 19 — 22 h
neospektivdüsselkämpchen 240239 düsseldorf
sound installation is an interactive sonic sculpture exploring the emergent properties of a complex system created through the use of feedback. unlike a traditional sculpture which is placed inside the gallery – and is thus a separate entity – this work utilizes the sonic nature of the space as part of its structure. the result is a complex interaction between people, space, and sound. within this installation, participants exist at the boundary of a sonic network. sounds produced within this space – even the smallest clicking of heels or breathing – are captured by the system and fed back into itself. once captured, sounds are repeated recursively and through this process meld together, grow, and evolve over time. eventually, all of the sonic energy captured by the system becomes large enough and the system collapses, leaving silence before beginning the process anew. this lifecycle – birth, growth, and death – is unique with each iteration as the sounds produced by participants will never be the exact same.
about the artist: steven a. bjornson is a media artist and software developer from canada. he recently moved to düsseldorf and this show is his first presentation in europe. with a combined masters in computer science and visual art, his works focus on the generation of systems mediated by software providing new – and sometimes strange – interactions between humans and computers. in essence, embodied experiences of interactivity. furthermore, his works also seek to normalize and make familiar the immense power of modern computational resources while exploring the potential of these tools. the use of the ephemeral – sound, time, and light – are central to his practice.