Robert Peter McDougal https://vimeo.com/rpmcd
Michael Candy http://blog.michaelcandy.com/
Dylan Martorell : hiddenarchive.blogspot.com.au
Fluoro Coir, 2014
Large-scale installation created during the Kochi Artist In Residence program. Fort Kochi, Kerala, India. June 2014.
BIG DIPPER is a kinetic light sculpture combining symbolic elements of biology and physics; the helix of DNA and the waveform of light. Named after a constellation the sculpture alludes to the primordial origins of life from stars, the kilns of the universe.
Tanpura Study #2 (sa, ma, pa in C#)
Tanpura Study #2 (sa, ma, pa in C#) Kochi, India July, 2014 from Robert McDougall on Vimeo.
found ceramic pots, wiring, lights, speakers, cotton, television, DVD with sound
This work was installed as part of an exhibition at the culmination of the Kochi Artist-in-Residency program at Pepperhouse Studios in Kochi, India (KOCHI A.I.R/Pepperhouse Residency). Fellow artists from Australia Meagan Streader and Michael Candy exhibited works in the adjacent warehouse spaces within the Pepperhouse grounds. Predominantly a sound-based work, it was installed during the months leading up the second Kochi-Muzuris Biennale. The following text was mounted in the space as accompanying information.
“Tanpura Study #2 (sa, ma and pa in C#) is a spatial musical exploration of the Indian classical instrument, the tanpura. Three separate recordings of a tanpura playing the notes shadja, madhyam and pancham in the sargam system of Indian classical (do, fa and so in the European solfège system) and in C# have been taken and then paired with three pure sine wave tones of identical frequencies. The six recordings are looped endlessly through speakers contained within each of the locally-sourced ceramic pots, which act as resonating chambers. As each recording is of a slightly different length, the tones, all played simultaneously, create a form of generative music - music made autonomously by the interaction of different elements within a system. The ways in which the frequencies mix in the room relative to the air pressure and the placement of the listener create an explorative sonic environment, as the listener is free to interact with the timbre and surface of the tanpura as it is juxtaposed with the sounds of the sine waves – the basis of all sound.
In the centre of the room, a monitor is playing slow pulsations of the sine bass tone of 69.3hz, or C# - the tonic, or shruti as it is spoken of the Carnatic tradition. The inclusion of this tone is intended to reflect the rich emphasis and complexity that shruti is given in Indian Classical, and also to hopefully evoke something akin to Nāda yoga, or sound yoga, and it’s goal to achieve a union with anahata - the inner sound of the heart.
Bow River / Kochi
Sound based installation combining archery and exploded drum kit .
Developed with the Slow Art Collective this work came out of exploring
the world of diy weapon making that our children where developing, how this
has been influenced by themes of dystopian societal collapse in popular culture
(Hunger Games, Princess Mononoke) and how this related to our own interest
in survivalist tropes, upcycling and the use of play as a subversive form of pedagogy.
Replacing the traditional target with various drum kit pieces amplified and triggering
samples from localised sources also turned the work into a form of improvised experimental
music group as opposed to a purely competitive action.
Colour Chemistry workshops
Exploring scientific processes and materials for their painterly and sculptural qualities, Lichen Kelp introduced the children to a series of experiments using domestic ingredients to create otherworldly landscapes, liquid paintings and edible explosions.
By combining household ingredients and flowers along with principles of colour chemistry, and chemical reactions in
a series of performances, photographs and workshops, Kelp's process based works playfully explore new possibilities for future gender roles in art and science as well as disrupting our notions of beauty and nature.