Urban Lights Ruhr 

Urban Lights Ruhr 2014

"Half of the human brain is devoted directly or indirectly to vision"
- Mriganka Sur, Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

Imagine hearing the colours you perceive.

SOUND of LIGHT is a synaesthetic sculpture that interprets and dynamically transforms sunlight into audio frequencies. It is a site-specific installation designed for the former music pavilion in Hamm, Germany, which was built in 1912.

A high quality digital camera mounted on top of the structure films the sky and divides it into six colours - RGB and CMY. The six hanging, coloured columns of the pneumatic installation – which stand for the primary colour models RGB (red/green/blue) and secondary CMY (cyan/magenta/yellow) – are intended to receive different frequencies and convert them from visible to audible sensory input. A series of woofers is fixed directly to the bottom of each column, transforming the whole architecture into a giant vibrating loudspeaker.

SOUND of LIGHT is a composition of hue, saturation and light. Through the mixture of sound and architecture, the audience experiences an oneiric reality through the superimposition of colors, shapes, sounds and vibrations. Visitors can also discover their own concert by changing their point of view - an individual spectrum.

Concept: Marco Canevacci, Marco Barotti
Team: Mirjam Dorsch, Àlvaro Gómez-Sellés, Stephanie Grönnert, Hugo Luque, Michel Morin, Simone Serlenga, Valentin Sommer, Gabriel Spera, Yena Young
Thanks: Katja Aßmann
Photos: Marco Canevacci, Simone Serlenga
Video: Camilla Mantovani

SOUND of LIGHT is a cooperation between Marco Barotti and Plastique Fantastique for Urban Lights Ruhr 2014 in Hamm.

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