O V A L : Lenka Novakova & Otso Lahdeoja

O V A L – Lenka Novakova & Otso Lahdeoja

CURRENTS 2014 SANTA FE INTERNATIONA NEW

MEDIA FESTIVAL

Lenka Novakova & Otso Lahdeoja      Interactive New Media Installation   Currents 2014 @ El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe – Friday June 13th – Sunday June 29

Ten large sheets of glass hang in a dark room. They vibrate and emit sound, forming a spatial polyphony of sonic objects. Video footage of the spectators themselves is projected on the glass sheets, creating a maze of self-portrait reflections and transparencies. The spectator is immersed into a chimerical space of sonic and visual illusions

Concept/Description: O V A L is a large-scale installation combining glass, sound and light into a multimodal sculptural space. 10 glass sheets (190 x 60 cm) are hung from the ceiling, forming an oval shape (12m x 5m). 10 large sheets of glass are hanging in a dark room. The glass sheets vibrate and emit sound, forming a spatial polyphony of sonic objects. Video footage of the spectators themselves is projected on the glass sheets, creating a maze of self-portrait reflections and transparencies. The spectator is immersed into a chimerical space of sonic and visual illusions.

Video projections are used to create a gigantic kaleidoscope of moving reflections and transparencies. The spectators are filmed in situ, and their self-images are projected with various delays. O V A L creates a myriad of reflections of one’s own image in the present as well as in the immediate past.
Structure-borne sound drivers are used to induce sound into the sheets, making the glass emit sound in 10 independent channels. The installation becomes a macro-scale musical instrument, as well as an object for a compositional work. The installation is immersive; it is discovered by walking between the glass sheets, letting oneself be mesmerized by the play of light, reflection and sound in the exhibition space. O VA L constitutes a powerful esthetical experience, engaging the visual, spatial and auditory senses.

Production

10 sheets of glass 2' x 6', transducers, shark tooth fabric, projections, theatre lights, cameras

  • 2 - 4 projectors
  • 10 transducers
  • 5 amplifiers
  • Motu interface
  • Mac mini (Max MSP)

 

Credits

Year of creation: 2013 - 2014

Concept/Creation: Lenka Novakova & Otso Lãhdeoja

Lenka Novakova - Visual Artist
Otso Lahdeoja - Composer
Navid Navab, Omar Faleh - Computer Design

Photo/Video credit: © Lenka Novakova

Special Thanks to:
Frank Ragano & Mariannah Amster
Co-Executive Directors at Parallel Studios

Quebec Art Council, CIAM - Hexagram

Selected Exhibitions

Black Box Hexagram, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Fall 2013) http://hexagram.concordia.ca

Currents 2014 Santa Fe New Media Arts Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (June 13- June 29. 2014) http://currentsnewmedia.org/artists/lenka-novakova

www.lenkanovak.com
www.otsola.org

© Lenka Novakova & Otso Lahdeoja, 2013