[Oct 2 – Oct 31] Apparatus by George Moraitis

Apparatus is a site-specific installation consisting of a set of tuned metal plates and motors. Apparatus is a self-generating, participant-modulated sound installation which allows a space to generate some of its own musical potential, as well as allowing participants the opportunity to hear and modify the standing waveforms of a room based upon analogies between diverse aspects of space–time reality.

•      DATES AND TIMES: Oct 2 – Oct 31. Open to the public on weekends and by appointment through Oct 31
•      LOCATION: The Workings of Media [art and artists] at the Harvestworks Art and Technology House. Building 10a, Nolan Park, Governors Island

Apparatus is a site-specific installation consists of a set of tuned metal plates that are placed on the walls, floor and ceiling. Each metal plate has a prepared dc motor, connected and controlled by single-board microcontrollers. Each tuned metal plate is struck with a percussion mallet to produce sound, similar to metallophone, each mallet is controlled by an individual dc motor. Each metal plate reacts differently, tuned to the distinctive pelog, slendro scales and subsets of them. 

Apparatus is a self-generating, participant-modulated sound installation which allows a space to generate some of its own musical potential, as well as allowing participants the opportunity to hear and modify the standing waveforms of a room based upon analogies between diverse aspects of space–time reality. 

The work functions as a sound installation which visitors move through, enveloped in sound and space as a sonic and optical phenomena. The scale ruptures conventional structure and allows multiple vantage points so that viewers may experience unique readings as they move around the piece. Tuned metal bars flicker and sweep, articulating points and lines while sound glides along, trailing through stages of pitch. A form of musical design that manifests intense movements of sound materials by carrying large bodies of sound to a diversity of points, in fluid and dynamic manner. To transport, to vectorize, to splinter and sweep across an intensity of space, sound is computationally figured, refigured, and deployed as a force of movement. 

In Apparatus installation, sound is regarded as an energetic phenomenon, surrounding the audience, as it enacts energetic transformations through its movements, which resonate with them.

•       BIOS

My artistic approach focuses on the realm between sound sculpture, audiovisual installations, two-dimensional works and performance. My work incorporates sound and found objects which are often accompanied by drawings, screen prints, video, photography and computer-controlled interactive installations in which sound is utilised as a primary medium. My great interest in sound focuses on acoustic and psychoacoustic themes as well as themes related to the body, sculpture and video, as a mixture of peculiarities of perception, technology and materials. My multi-layered installations and performances have been presented at venues across Europe, including Reina Sofia Museum, Documenta 14, Goethe Institut, Οnassis Cultural Centre, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, ZK/U Berlin, St. Mary’s Cathedral Glasgow and Biennale Némo in Paris.

•       FAVORITE QUOTES

Truly revolutionary music is not music which expresses the revolution in words, but which speaks of it as a lack.

The sounds of a society are in advance of its images and material conflicts. Music foretells our future. Let us lend it an ear.

•       LINKS

Sonakinography
https://vimeo.com/202789116
Choreographies Chaotiques II
https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/115870696

•       WEBSITE LINK

www.georgemoraitis.gr

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