Summer 2015 was a wash out in the UK and if your a mum with two young children looking for reasonable priced holidays camping is a very popular option, so off we went in our retro 70s folding caravan looking for excitement and also a little artistic stimulation.
Our first trip was a week at the very busy Royal Welsh, with over 100,000 footfall it was quite an exciting place to be, lots of interesting new businesses showcasing their new products and services and also some amazing farm animals, breed to reach ultimate perfection, all competing against one another to win their rosette. I was intrigued by the superficial element and how only the body of the animal is of any value, so I decided to focus on the most basic of all, skin and bone. I created a sculpture of skin and bone using paper clay, acrylic paint, plastic coating and wood.
I have always been interested in what is happening in the empty space around us, the truth is there is no empty space.
I have always enjoyed the sound of silence but the truth is there is no such thing as silence.
When you gaze into the sky, or past the lush green grass into the landscapes that engulfs your vision have you ever thought of what is happening between two chosen spaces? I have and through my curiosity I discovered the natural phenomena of Cymatics. Cymatics is the formation of atoms in resonance to frequencies. Each frequency holds a beautiful geometric pattern that you will see replicated in everyday nature such as flower shapes, cell structures, tortoise shells, trees and the list goes on.
My purpose of this collection of work is to make this visible to be able to touch it and understand it.
Sound waves are spheres so it was important for the work to replicate the sound sphere but sound can sometimes be broken, manipulated and warped , this is transposed into some of the 3d pieces.
The processes used to create this work had to relate to the nature of sound so I used tension to create sound, friction and a flux approach, of melting and gravity to manipulate the designed forms that were created form the actual frequency data.
A set of photographs have been created to mix projection and imagery to create the action of sound existing within its atmosphere.
3d designed Frequency Spheres 644.42hz, 656.37hz, 693.96hz.
A collection of Silk Screen Prints created from resourced data from sound frequencies.
What happens when you put a Designer, Fine artist, Product Designer, and Illustrator together ? Chaos some might think, but with the right team dynamics some great things can be achieved. Every person from each discipline had a very different way of communicating their art work, story, and purpose.
After a few brain storming sessions we decided to create an interactive map of Cardiff City, each district would be a separate piece and would be put together in a similar way to a jigsaw puzzle. The purpose of this interactivity would be to broaden understanding of getting around Cardiff and what it has to offer. A few people were asked to write onto Japanese folded maps their favourite places and what they had done there, leaving the maps there for others to look and learn from other peoples experiences. These messages can be changed and updated at any time keeping the map information current.
Each district was covered with leaflets, magazines and brochures found around the city, using found items from the relating districts to use as decoration.
The map would be something that could be used in schools, colleges, and universities to help gain knowledge and information on the surroundings.
The map is defiantly something I would like to expand on in the future.
My brief for this particular piece of work is The City. Its a rather broad brief but I want to let this project/ brief organically grow, and resonate with my experience of The City. I have travelled extensively and I have visited many cities such as San Fransisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, and more closer to home Bristol and obviously Cardiff.
Whenever I am in the city I hear the traffic, trains, transport and people talking. Then there is another type of sound that is probably electrical currents. All the various conversations that people are having mould together to create a mass of sound that you cannot decode, because it turns into a vibrational hum. Whenever I am in a city I always feel drawn to the nearest park, or green and thats where I can re balance myself. A place of balance for me is Sophia gardens, and the Taff Trail. Its a wonderful place because you can feel the stillness and you can still sense the buzz and energy of the city on the outside, almost like your in a bubble of protection.
I took myself and my camera onto the taff trail, and into the City Centre, I bagan to watch people, and how they connect with each other and their surroundings. It interests me that we can sometimes feel alone, and people can appear to be alone, but the truth is we are never alone we are all connected, through the energy, light, frequencies etc. As we all move around our environment we leave an imprint of ourselves, almost like a computer leaves a data trail.
I have been looking at Stephen Wilats work and I really like how he uses a mapping system in his work and how he shows the connections. I also have been listening to John Cage and his sounds of city.
I have decided that the piece should be a large piece so that the viewer can be immersed into it but I only want the imprint to be seen, the trail left behind as we move around our world. I want to create the interaction and connectivity on another layer, to represent that the activity and process is happening in another dimension/atmosphere. I also plan to use script and spoken words on the piece from conversations I have listened to throughout the city. Below are other inspiring pieces of work, I particularly like Tomas piece that splays out into the other walls almost growing into its surrounding environment, it is almost like you can see the interaction has become physical. The text picture is of interest because the text also looks like a data map.
To create this piece I am using many images from photographs I took in coffee shops, parks and on the street around the City. I have used various processes in photoshop and also illustrator, to create an effect that will look like a giant mapping system up close, but from a distance you will be able to see its image in full. The file is a vector file that has had edges curved and can be blown up to a very large size of above 2m sq. in between the spaces of the mapping there will be a medium that will create a representation of the connections.
I am creating a sound file using all the recordings from the city and editing them in Cubase to create the hum of the city. this process will create some interesting results because when two identical frequencies are play at the same time they move in space and can also cancel each other out. There will be speakers placed behind and in front of the piece playing the sound file.
Work Piece to date below: Imprints- The Unseen City.
I decided to present my work on a fabric printed canvas. The canvas has a texture of inter woven threads replicating how we inter weave with everything that is around us.
The piece is 1.5 meters wide x 1 meter length. The file that I have created a vector file so that the piece can be blown up to around 5 meters but due to costs I have kept it to 1.5meters.
The fabric had to be steamed and washed after print, and in the wash the dye ran a little. The running of the dye worked really well, giving the piece texture and depth to the surrounding areas of the forms.
I created an audio file to be played in the background of 7 different city recordings all mixed into the one file creating an audio chaos effect.
The feedback from my fellow students and tutors was positive.
The illustration, photography, photoshop design approach is something I will use again in my art practice.
Whilst working through this piece it has become apparent that the main message of this work is to bring to the viewers attention the effect our bodies have on the space around us. As we move from one space to another we are changing and forming the atoms, almost like a computer and a mind holds memories the space we move in will hold our body imprint, and energy field.
To progress this piece I would like to create the images in a solid 3d form and randomly suspend them via fishing wire or string in an open box frame with a depth of 1 meter. The string will be creating a tension and connection between the forms.
On my Art foundation I discovered a passion for printing. I love the way that when silk screen printing images they may develop broken variable textures. I also enjoyed being able to replicate the foundation and change each one to be individual mixing printing with water and acrylic paints. Since joining Fine Art I have chosen Printing as my media choice for my field subject The City. I have chosen The Hidden City as my theme. I am interested in the unseen and what happens in the empty space around us. The infrastructures of communication within nature that are being created all the time. I am aware of energy, frequency,and atom, ghosting, imprinting within the space around us past future and present that occurs.
In my print work I have been exploring various methods of how to print the ghost print which is left after the first screen print has been taken.
I want to create an infrastructure from some kind of thread. Creating an organised chaos with tension. if you were to cut one thread the whole structure would collapse. I have found some inspirational works that create a tension.
A technique that I would like to try is oil transfer drawing, it was developed by Paul Klee and used on Dance of the Moth. He copied an existing drawing onto tracing paper, then cover a piece of thick japan paper with black oil paint and waited until it was close to dry. He would then trace the drawing onto it so that it would pick up the black paint unevenly.
Because of the project brief, The hidden City, I have became aware of how effected I am by all the various noises, energy and frequencies and how overbearing and overstimulating it can be. I have a place close to the city that I go which helps me rebalance and I would like to incorporate this in my piece. I found this piece of work by Tomas Saraceno which resonates for me. The piece of pure nature is enclosed inside a bubble of protection whilst still being connected to its outside surroundings, represented by the string.
Through out my experience as a developing artists I have become aware that as you begin to create your piece of work, you may feel that it is completely unique, but as soon as you begin to research you will discover that there will be many works of art that are similar to yours. I feel it is important to stay true to your ideas even if there are works out there that are similar.
I discovered Tomas Saraceno Biosphere after I had sketched out my finished plan for a 3d printed piece of work. Due to lack of time I decided to stay with my idea but add another aspect of my project with many printed pieces added to the collection.
Screen printing, mono printing with acrylic paint, using various materials for printing textures, sculpture, spray painting, oil transfer drawing and collage was used for these works. All works were created with materials found in the city. I used my technique in ghost printing, which is to print the residue image from mono print, this creates a lovely ghosting effect of the silhouettes. All pieces are A1 size.
When I began my educational journey into the world of art I thought I had left music behind. I remember my first month on my foundation course and telling my tutor that I wanted nothing more to do with the music industry and just to concentrate on visual work, he laughed out loud and just said, we will see. I recently looked back into my development journal from art foundation and it was so clear that there was music and sound swimming around everything that I was creating. I brought out a painting that I created 8 years ago called colours in motion, I didn’t realise at the time I was painting sound. I am really excited that I know have a better understanding of my work. I have a clearer vision of my art practice.
I have decided to study Sonic Art for end of my first year degree, I am no longer fighting myself or what my past represents, I am listening and moving in the natural direction. I no longer have to write commercial music or perform commercial songs for fear of paying my bills and I feel totally liberated that I am no longer in a stagnant place.
My first lecture on Sonic art was today, I felt rather old when the lecturer was explaining about how music and sound have developed, the journey it has taken. I can remember buying my first sampler, I can remember setting up my studio with an ateri and tascam reel to reel, I can remember when records moved to cd, then to DAT then to minidisk then finally to audio files. I can also remember when a group of my friends starting building computers in the late 80s. I could go on and on, but you get the idea, I was feeling old. Starting to think i knew it all and I was past it, then he showed us a youtube video of John Cage talking about Silence:
I am awake and back in the room. I get it everything he is saying is what I feel, and think. I can see his passion. The glint in his eye when he speaks of sound. Finally I realise actually I don,t love music I love sound, everything to do with sound, the formation sound makes, the organised chaos of sound, even the sound of silence.
Over the last few weeks I have dipped in and out of interest with Sonic Art. I have found some of the aspects that I have been introduced too frustratingly ridiculous, one being Music Concrete, but after doing more research I know see this was the prototype and start of music/sound sampling. Just like Max Mathews who introduced taped music transformed music from being ephemeral. Pierre Schaeffer the founder of Music Concrete lead the way for the sampler to be invented as and when technology had caught up.
Watching some of Steve Reich compositions in lectures were a bit confusing and I didn’t understand why he would be classed as sonic art. I also did not think he was an artist or musician but again after further investigation I discovered his forward thinking and that he brought the art of phasing into the western world, phasing being when two identical melodic patterns gradually fade out of sync. After discovering this I listened to Daniel Variations 2006, Pendulum Music 1968, and Drumming 1971 with a new understanding and a new found knowledge I could appreciate his skill but still the music pieces are far from beautiful although I now know that is not Steve Reichs requirement from his work.
Looking into the coding of music has been interesting, discovering all the variations of musical scales from other traditions and parts of the world. It does appear that it is very much a western approach that we have the need for order, even in music. Whilst researching into Steve Reich I came across Karl Hein Stockhausen and Luciano Berio they were working with just twelve notes, they would invert them, over lap them but kept only to the twelve notes. In a way they were trying to create their own code. The Twelve notes lead me into listening to Arvo Part- Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britton, this piece consists of minor chords descending and overlapping, creating the phasing that was introduced by Steve Reich.
I work on a regular basis with cubase and pro tools there is another code in regard to music technology which is more visual, its laid out more like a graph and is marked out as straight lines taken the notes across the time line. You can also view the sound wave and manipulate it and effect it as you like. All these codes that are developed are only an interface in which we are invited to interact with one another using the same language. I have in the past become very frustrated with classically trained musicians that I have worked with, when I have played a chord and they have told me that it doesn’t exist, when it clearly does as I have just played it. I have an understanding of why we need order and codes within music but it also creates barriers against creativity.
I have been a professional singer/ songwriter for 20 years, so music and sound has been an integral part of my life. I am aware that sound can have very strong effects on our emotions, when different notes and chords are played they alter your emotional mood. Major and minor chords have opposite emotions, one will have an up lifting positive effect while the other will make you melancholy and negative.
I have discovered that atoms, cells and matter surrounding us are constantly making beautiful geometric patterns in resonance with frequency, music and sound, this phenomenon is called Cymatics. It is happening inside our bodies and it is happening in our surrounding atmosphere.
Frequencies and sound are used everyday in health care, science and technology.
DaVinci and Galileo often used various frequency patterns in there works on churches, one being The Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland visit link.
Ernst Chaldniwas a musician and physicist, his most well know discovery was vibrational patterns of sand/ salt formatting on plates, they are now know as Chaldni Figures click here to view Chaldni Video.
In 1680 Robert Hook discovered the phenomenon by using a violin bow and placing flour and sand onto a plate then running a violin bow along the side of the plate, it created various patterns which were to become known as Nodel Patterns.
At present The University of Bristol, Dept. of Computer Science are making some excited discoveries. Research is being led by Dr Ben long, they are creating 3d virtual touch ultra sound, all this is possible because of frequencies.Please visit link to see video.
Frequency and sound has many uses, in the video below they demonstrate sonic levitation.
All this research backs up my theory that everything has a frequency, and is vibrating in order for the universe to communicate with all and everything, order and chaos in space and time.
Even though I am extremely interested in the science aspect, my focus for my first term in my Degree will be to create a body of works that demonstrates the beauty and power of sound and frequency.
I am currently working on Rhino and Photoshop to create a 3d printable sculpture and graphic artwork that will be a representation of the Ancient Solfeggio Frequencies they consist of various frequencies that are reported to be linked to aspects of our surrounding world and our emotional and structural cell make up.
3d printable STL file.
I have discovered some amazing graphic work by Tom Beddard, Faberge Fractals the below images are only graphic images and are not physical. I would like to create a physical body of works similar to the below pictures, in 3d print, ceramic’s, plastics/glass and metals.
I am starting to look at the effects of frequency on the inside of the body I have come across some fascinating research in how our cells communicate through frequency. Take a look at this paper written by Matthias Shneider, Boston University, Can Cells Signal each other via Sound Waves? This new information has lead me to research EEG systems and brain wave technology. I have just purchased a pair of Necomimi ears which have a brainwave detector in built and also Mind wave by Neurosky I plan to extract the brain sensor and attach to arduino board to create an interactive head piece . I first came across this technology at The Gadget Show 2013 they were demonstrating brain reactive clothing.
I would like to create a piece of art that is wearable to demonstrate the frequency cell communication. The piece would be made up of polymer rods, that are heated into a wave shape and joint together by cells, made from glass balls, led lights would be passing through the rods and glass. I aim for the piece to be brain sensory and make sound and light in relation to the brain activity. Please see video Neurotiq
The piece of brain sensory technology inserted into this piece is called Emotiv Epoc.I hope that over my three years at university I will be able to do some future work with Emotiv. Mickey Hart and Dr. Adam Gazzaley have been working with Emotiv please have a look at this lecture