Phatic Expression 1
  • Bryan Jacobs : Phatic Expression –
    A Mechanical Sound Sculpture

  • Wednesday, 09.03
  • 10.00 - 17.00
  • Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek, Strømgaten 6

Exhibition opening hours:
09th – 13th March
Wed & Thur 10.00-20.00 // Fre 10.00-17.00 // Sat & Sun 10.00-16.00
Free Entrance

Phatic Expression is a new media sound sculpture consisting of four mechanically-controlled slide whistles that are played by a mechanical lung. They are arranged in two pairs, each set working together in reaction to the other. Their choreographed movements are controlled by a small microprocessor embedded in the sculpture. The sound and visual elements of the piece suggest that we might be watching a dialogue or conversation underway. At other times the sounds seem to be musically oriented. The installation is partly inspired by linguistic research suggesting that melodic patterns such as simple sine wave contours are enough to convey linguistic messages. To Jacobs, this research highlights interesting connections between speech and music. In Phatic Expression a variety of distinct sound textures are algorithmically generated in real-time as to not have exact repetition of individual events or sequence of events. The instrument/sculpture’s state oscillates between sparse and dense textures that utilise its mechanical nature to create precise hockets and uncanny synchronisations. The sounds of the motors are also part of the sonic vocabulary. Phatic Expression, like much of Jacobs’ recent work, explores the boundary between time-based musical composition, and non-time-based sound installation.

Exhibition opening hours:
09th – 13th March
Wed & Thur 10.00-20.00 // Fre 10.00-17.00 // Sat & Sun 10.00-16.00
Free Entrance

Presented in collaboration with Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek.
Støttet av US Embassy, Oslo; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation gjennom USArtists International, i samarbeid med National Endowment for the Arts og Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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