churning of the ocean of milk
The Diary of a Derelict Dairy
3 July - 13 July, 10am - 7am
London, WC1 N
commission for the London Festival of Architecture
This installation uses ‘sound’ to clearly define previously
intangible physical phenomena.
Sound is defined by wavelength. In this room are three predominant wavelengths,
defined by a sine wave. Each sine wave corresponds to the width, length
and height of the room.
In addition to these wavelengths, is a scrolling sine wave, oscillating
between the resonant frequencies of milk churns left in the room.
When the scrolling wave passes the resonant frequency of the milk churns,
the churns start to ‘Sing’. This is a result of standing waves
forming within the churn.
This technique of getting vessels to 'sing' has been used as a performance
tool by Alvin Lucier, and was originally used in Greek auditoria and Ottoman
mosques to generate ‘resonance’.
installation however, addresses issues of site, sound and 'artifact' to
create a emersive spatial experience.