Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
521 West 21st Street, New York
April 24- June 7, 2008
This project is part of an ongoing series of experiments and investigations initiated and developed by Olafur Eliasson and his studio team. In particular, this project is the second study of a string based instrument that gives visual manifestation to sound waves and harmonics. Visitors are invited to play the single stringed instrument which produces sound through a series of handmade resonator devices. At the same time, the vibrations of the sound waves trigger a laser projection and drawing machine. Visitors are invited to make drawings for one hour each day, 4pm to 5pm, from Tuesday to Saturday, during the course of the experiment.
See below a selection of texts that provide further background on Olafur Eliasson's spatial vibration studies and projects.
The Endless Study, 2005
This version of a 19th-century harmonograph is part of an investigation into the correlation between space and sound undertaken by Studio Olafur Eliasson. Two lateral pendulums, mounted at right angles to one another, are set in motion, their ends connected by a hinged arm. At the connection point, a pen is affixed. An adjustable weight is secured to each pendulum, thus enabling the speed of the movement to be altered. Mounted on gimbals, a third pendulum, with a small wooden platform at its top, makes a rotary movement. A sheet of paper is attached to the platform; the pen records the resultant rhythms of the circular movements onto this horizontal plane.
Building on the principle of the stereoscope, invented in the 19th century, this wall-mounted instrument presents viewers with two photographs taken simultaneously with two cameras in eye-width proximity to one another. A wall, invisible to the viewer, divides the photographs. The resulting image appears to be three-dimensional. Several images can be seen in the instrument, one after the other; the subject of these is the patterns produced by the three-dimensional version of the harmonograph.
In the three-dimensional harmonograph, three pendulums are set in motion, moving along three different axes, the ends of which are connected at one point by hinged arms. Situated at this point, an LED- light gyrates as a result of the movement. An infinite range of three- dimensional line drawings can be produced that reflect the rhythms of the pendulums. These are recorded using long-exposure photography.