Floating Sculpture: Flow

2009

2:55 mins

Ultrasound speaker, steel casing, rotary motor, mp3 player, amplifier, wireless transmitter, and cables

72 × 12 × 12 inches (overall)

Audio developed at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, with theoretical mathematician Enno Lenzmann, applied mathematicians Yossi Farjoun and Benjamin Seibold, derived from the dynamic curves of the source sculpture “Sculpture flottante I,” 1960, by Marta Pan, using mean curvature flow. ( http://arxiv.org/abs/1201.4621 )

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Sound offers a parallel to vision.

A sculpture can be understood as a kind of score.

“Flow” performs the score of “Sculpture flottante I” by translating vibration modes of an elastic object into frequencies (pitches) to express the voice of the sculpture’s evolving form in future time.

Activated on the quarter hour and broadcast in 360-degree rotations.

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