This work is part of a larger body of artworks that have developed from a long-term research project by artist Anthea Caddy in collaboration with artist and designer Miodrag Gladović through the Spatial Media Art Labs in Rotterdam. Recognizing that energy flow is all around us, the artists questioned how this could be harnessed, revealed, and expanded through technology in various internal and external environments.
Following the pathways of energy propagation is one method of harnessing sound energy to create an expanded physical system. The artist utilized the resonant system of the cello body, a complex vibrational system of modes and nodes being propagated within a resonant body and projected out. The cello body is effectively projected into the art space from a generative system of recorded cello samples through six parabolic speakers. The audience is able to experience a spatial immersion of sonic and physical phenomena: from one black box, being the cello body, into another, the space.
Following live performances using two large-scale parabolic speakers that project beams of sound up to 3 km long and 60 cm in circumference, which took place at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum in Zagreb, and an installation at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, this is the fourth iteration presented as a generative installation with six smaller parabolic speaker devices for internal use.
Anthea Caddy (AU/DE)
Anthea Caddy’s work interrogates spatial energy and its physical propagation, and subsequent projection within materials. Her investigations result in installation and performance works within unusual environments that utilise specialised loudspeaker and amplification media to expand and reveal spatial phenomena within the environments we inhabit. She has performed and exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, USA, and Europe, notably at the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, Zagreb; Liquid Architecture annual festival of sound art, Australia; Diapason Gallery, New York; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Observatori Festival, Valencia; ISSUE Project Room, New York; Goethe Institut, Boston; Project Space gallery, Melbourne; Wroclaw Museum of Contemporary Art, Poland; Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt; Borealis, Norway; Wien Modern; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; MaerzMusik; and Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam. Alongside her solo work, Caddy has collaborated and performed with many artists, most notably with the electro-acoustic pioneering composer David Behrman.
Miodrag Gladović (HR)
Miodrag Gladović is an electro-acoustical engineer, musician and multimedia artist. For years he has been very active on the contemporary art scene, as a member of the artistic duo Lightune.G with Bojan Gagić or independently, and with his work, engineering knowledge, and outstanding creativity he continuously contributes to the innovativeness of the projects he participates in. The combination of his punk approach and DIY ethics, more than two decades of musical experience in bands and projects of different genres, incorporating and using new technologies in his artistic work, his sensibility for contemporary music and art – all this has made Gladović one of the most prominent names on the contemporary scene, primarily experimental and improvisational music scene, but also in other innovative contemporary art practices.