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OPERA IN CONCORSO  Sezione Scultura/Installazione

Barbara Bartos | Soundscape Instrument. Finland: Fields
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Soundscape Instrument. Finland: Fields
gouache, acrylic and perforations, paper, mechanical music box, laser-cut plywood box
box: 15 cm x 15 cm 9 cm, paper: 47.5 x 4 cm

Barbara Bartos

nato/a a Romania

residenza di lavoro/studio: San Francisco (UNITEDSTATES)

iscritto/a dal 05 mag 2014

http://barbarabartos.com

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Barbara Bartos | Soundscape Instrument. Finland: Fields, detail

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Soundscape Instrument. Finland: Fields, detail
gouache, acrylic and perforations, paper
paper: 47.5 x 4 cm

Barbara Bartos | Soundscape Instrument.  Multiple paintings/scores

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Soundscape Instrument. Multiple paintings/scores
gouache, acrylic and perforations, paper
paper: 47.5 x 4 cm

Barbara Bartos | Soundscape Instrument. View of presentation

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Soundscape Instrument. View of presentation


Descrizione Opera / Biografia


This project is inspired by the postmodern thought that reality can be read in different ways. Like in a landscape there are different ways to move from point A to point B. The scientific demonstration of the relativity of time and its relationship with space, which emerged starting with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and continued to be defined and refined by the subsequent research in the field of particle science, has obliterated entire worlds of belief and structured thought, and with it has changed all fields of human endeavor from chemistry to music. It left us with a profound sense of ambiguity, but also with a renewed sense of curiosity in a world much more complex than it seems.

With this in mind, I envisioned an instrument that would allow us to better perceive the complexity of things, this invisible complexity that takes place at one point in space and time - in this case - the hidden melody of a landscape and vice versa, the drawing of a melody.
The Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual landscapes, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape, (i.e. the horizon line, the lines of the trees, the pattern of the birds flying, etc.). Once perforated, the painting is played via the music box.
The process of creating each painting/score goes from the visual to the audible, thus the resulting sound is not composed in the traditional sense, but generated by the image via a conversion process in order to make it legible by the mechanism. The instrument can produce 30 chromatic notes, but the resulting melody is not tonal, as it is not guided my any music theory concepts.
Each painting contains in itself 4 different melodies, as each strip of paper can be played (passed through the instrument) in 4 different ways - forwards, backwards, forward flipped and backwards flipped. At this time, the project consists of 7 different landscapes-scores. This series is a work in progress, evolving with every new place that I experience, thus becoming a polyphonic illustration of all the spaces I inhabited.
In the context of an exhibition I envision multiple instruments available for use by the public. Due to their fragility the original gouache paintings/scores would be displayed framed on the walls. The public would be able to manipulate and listen to archival pigment print reproductions of the originals.
I look at this as a translation project, one that reveals an unexpected synchronicity not only between visual and audible perception, but also between nature and culture. Through a cumulative process, each soundscape contributes to the meta-polyphony that nature and culture can generate at one point in space.