Acoustic Cloud Remix
Wood, acoustic foam, duct tape, ropes, steel columns, mirror foil, speakers, looped soundtrack
Variable Size, about 700cm x 300 cm
“The visual imaginary space in which an exploded view is made possible is in- finitely distant from the way any VW Beetle inhabits the world — or, rather, the cosmos. In other words, whereas res extensa is a way to draw technical parts side by side, those parts themselves do not assemble or gather or survive as if they were “in” res extensa or “made of ” matter.” (1)
This spatial installation is approaching nature and its enclosure as an artefact to be explored. The acoustic cloud unfolds into an endless soundscape, turned upside down, mirroring and echoing mixed realities. The geometry of the cloud can be read as a structure of chaos in which the minimal unit is constituted by an equilateral triangle and its multiple subdivisions – considered the basic geometrical figure by the ancient Greek mathematicians. This flexible and artic- ulated structure absorbs sound while it is also an emitter. A sound composition transmitted through small speakers interferes with the ambient level of noise that is being partially absorbed: a mixture of recordings of the street and the studio is combined with other natural and artificial acoustic vibrations. Within the sound waves and the spatial configuration a physical system at the borders of control and non-control is created. This allows variations of sequential folds and densities, creating a dynamic spatial expression that encloses space within the space and deals with the ‘inside – outside’ paradox.
(1) Bruno Latour, “Can We Get Our Materialism Back, Please?” in: Isis 98, 2007, p.140, online source.
(2011) Vienna Fair 2011
Concept, Design, Artistic Direction: Juliana Herrero on behalf of the Art & Science Master Program / University of Applied Arts
Interactive Modeling and Subdivision of flexible Equilateral Triangular Mechanisms: Günter Wallner, Franz Gruber / Sound tracks: Romana Egartner / Video: Iulian Moise / Realization team: Juliana Herrero with Irina Busurina, Alin Cirstea, Romana Egartner, Pepa Domingo, Wagner Felipe dos San- tos, Rudolf Friemel, Melina Angelina Girardi, Karine Gonzalez, Pepa Domingo, Anna Frida Jónsdóttir, Ashley Holwell, Michal Marencik, Iulian Moise, Da- vid Palme, Marion Pöllinger, Richard Schwarz, Nik Stützle, Benjamin Urbanek and Stephanie Worter / Acoustic physics consultancy: Stefan Moser / Structure consultancy: Peter Strasse (University of Applied Arts Vienna) / Material consultancy: OF- ROOM (Christine Bärnthaler) / Wood – Metal Works: University of Applied Arts Vienna (Stephan Staudigl / August Korischum)
photos: Virgil Widrich, Sabina Teichert