22 September 2012

Volumes for Sound



Volumes for Sound combines immaterial, ephemeral and physical elements: sound, performance, sculpture and photography. These volumes can be encountered as objects that silently evoke the potential for sound, be played and reconfigured by performers using them for amplification, and appear in photographs of their various configurations.

Volumes for Sound was created in 2010 by Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson. The project was exhibited few months ago at The Living Art Museum in Reykjavik. The next exhibitions will take place in Oslo, Norway (Nov 2012) and New York, NY (March/April 2013). See more;

Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson explain;
"Throughout much of our practice we have sought to give shape and physicality to the immaterial. Many of the ideas surrounding these transformations are inspired by the processes used to record, playback and encounter sounds.

This project focusses on nested forms, sculptural works that elicit an architecture of sound. These Volumes for sound are concerned with materializing the funneling, folding and porting of sound.

These nested forms stem from objects that are manufactured independently, then drawn together as a result of relationships in domestic and architectural situations. For instance, the triangulation that occurs when a listener sits in a chair in front of a pair of stereo speakers. These forms are also inspired by historical sources such as the famous 1979 Maxell cassette tape ad campaign, the intricate interiors of modern loudspeakers, and artist Kurt Schwitters ‘Merzbau’ constructions.

We have collapsed the listener/loudspeaker triangulation into objects containing several variations for configuration. They can be encountered in spaces as forms that silently evoke the potential for sound, be played and reconfigured by performers using them for sound amplification, and appear in photographs of their various configurations, providing a record of these instances."

Check out the website dedicated only for this project at http://volumesforsound.org/