This new work by artist Joseph Morris is a sonified data abstraction that turns inverted wine glasses into bells and sonic resonators through the use of computer-controlled electromagnets. The piece uses custom muon particle detectors that are typically used in particle accelerators and to detect the presence of cosmic rays to activate and sonify the glass bells.
Location: The Workings of Media [art and artists] at the Harvestworks Art and Technology House
Building 10a, Nolan Park, Governors Island
Open to the public on the Weekends – Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Ticketed Entrance
This piece is produced in collaboration with Dean of Liberal Arts and Science at Pratt Institute and experimental physicist, Helio Takai, and Carlos Scorzato of the Brazilian Synchrotron Radiation Facility.
Joseph Morris is a transdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. He is an expert craftsman and coder who believes in the possibilities enabled through the integration of technology in the arts.
His emotive machines have been on exhibition in New York, Chicago, Brazil, New Haven, New Mexico, and Arizona by galleries and organizations such as Harvestworks, Chazan Family Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, Gibney Dance Center, 4heads, ACRE Projects, Oi Futuro and more.
Joseph Morris has been working with electronics in his art since 2006. He began by taking things apart and putting them back together to make sculptural collages with gears, motors, and moving parts. He started experimenting with software and coding in 2007 and has been integrating technology into his craft ever since. Joseph is a self-taught programmer, technologist, and prototyper.
He is a recipient of the 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Electronic and Digital Media, as well as a 2017 New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media grantee. In 2015, Joseph was a Harvestworks New Works Resident and recipient of Pratt Institute’s Faculty Development Grant. He holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase College. He is currently an assistant professor and works in rapid prototyping at Pratt Institute, Industrial Design, and teaches classes in physical computing, prototyping, and digital fabrication processes (laser cutting, 3D printing and CNC milling) and interdisciplinary making.
“This piece is produced with the help of Dean of Liberal Arts and Science at Pratt Institute and experimental physicist, Helio Takai, and Carlos Scorzato of the Brazilian Synchrotron Radiation Facility.”