Virtual Spirit

Watch This Space, Alice Springs, 1996.

Materials. Steel wrenches, Copper Antennae, Scientific Glassware, Grubs.

Dimensions 10m x 3m x 3m.

My approach to the sonic domain has always been informed by a Sculptor’s perspective, emphasising the experiential nature of sound that links sonic events to the dynamic, material eventsthat produce them, as well as to the architectures and environments that contain and propagate them.The current work “Interferences” (a.k.a. “Virtual Spirit”) would at the first encounter appear to disqualify itself from the definition of Sound-Sculpture by virtue of its apparent muteness.  The principal function of the work, however, is to manifest an aura - a low energy electro-magnetic field, drawn from the atmosphere bhy the primitive antennae devices, to flow through the coils that encircle the larvae.  These crude technical devices resonate in an infinitesimal manner and thus in it’s own way the worksings.


One of our principal oversights is to demand that nature exists only by virtue of our own sense organs.  Like infants we carelessly assume that events which we cannot perceive do not exist.  What the ear fails to hear is therefore mute.  My proposal runs contrary to this conventional wisdom by claiming this work as first and foremost a Sound-Sculpture in recognition of the resonance that inhabits these circuits.

These are Sound-Sculptures that (for us at least) are simply inaudible.

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