Spinning Sound and Light
Daniel Palacios piece Waves is an interactive sculpture that generates sound and waveform via string suspended between two turbines. The turbines spin the string in patterns, depending on the motion and orientation of viewers. The spinning creates a hypnotic hum, allowing viewer both sight and sound.
This piece reminds me of a recent work by Sebastian Guenneau and others who have developed lenses that redirect light and sound in directions previously impossible. These lenses feature a “gradient, in the refractive index of a lens, the scientists could create anisotropies – that is, make the lens’ refractive index directionally dependent.” See a demonstration here
Manipulation of sound and light in this manner will surely lead to many interesting interpretations - I hope maybe Palacios and Geanneau can colloborate!
While it is impossible to fully understand Waves without interacting with the piece this video allows us the auditory experience.