Thursday, March 31, 2011

115 of 365: Visualizing Theorem Exhibit

I missed posting a photo last night.  I have no good excuse except that I chose to go to bed early.


Tonight I went to have a look around at the Visualizing Theorem Exhibit at the University of Texas at San Antonio sim.  The exhibit features the work of 18 artists inspired by tracks of the album "Theorem" produced by Ulf Skogsbergh


All the stations were excellent, and I particularly like station number ten, entitled the Moons of Galileo, pictured here:




From the station 10 notecard:



-----Excerpts from the artists' statements----


Douglas Story: Since before the time of recorded history, mankind has looked to the heavens for understanding of the universe's secrets.  In this piece, this quest has been inverted: you do not have to seek the cosmos; rather the moons seek -you-. They come to you and circle you like children, pets, or (as the excellent song composed by Ulf and Dub on the theorem web page suggests) lovers. As the moons circle you, they sing their songs into your ears as they pass briefly, then wander away to inform others of their secrets. 


Desdemona Enfield: In the Galilean Moon exhibit I hope to create scripted effects that generate the experience of being present within the living, moving music of the spheres.  Within a slowly shifting multiplicity of Jovian reference points, the moons exhibit a transitory curiosity in the human presence as they drift, explore, congregate and then move on.  Their orbital movement creates a coordinated visual harmonic to accompany the aural harmonic.


March Macbain: I read a while back that some astronomers, on detecting sound waves emitting from black holes, had worked out that the entire universe is humming on a note – a B flat 57 octaves below middle C. So this pitch was my starting point for the Moons of Galileo. My main concern was to create a sense of calm, of movement but on such a slow scale that one almost wouldn't hear it happening. Out there in space there seems to be nothing and a lot going on simultaneously and I tried to work this contrast into the piece. 

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The grand opening for Visualizing Theorem takes place on Saturday, April 2nd.  I probably won't make it to the grand opening, but I will definitely be visiting this exhibit again in the next few days to enjoy the rest of the installations. 


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