Two Revolutions Per Minute
Mix media installation. 2021.
Variable dimension. Piezo, aluminium, steel, wood, amplifier, cable, motor, effect pedals, electronics.

Exhibition Text: 

Large blades of an industrial fan inside the gallery rotate continuously and slowly, in purportedly regular intervals, sonificated so discreetly they almost add another invisible dimension to the exhibition space. As a phenomenon of human experience, how exactly does time influence our perception of the world?

With our realities being constantly disrupted - for a change, think of the slowing down of all actions and everything stopping entirely. Probe whether time as such feels emergent, arising as a secondary effect of deeper processes, or if it is the sole feature of nature carrying data into the past and future without ends. While Two rotation Per Minute embodies slowness as a spatial decelerator and reifies the instant as a halting moment, the object continuously projects auditory signals, too. In 1976, making it one of the earliest references to sonification as a creative practice, philosopher of technology Don Ihde wrote: “Just as science seems to produce an infinite set of visual images, so 'musics,' too, could be produced from the same data that produces visualizations”. Indeed, the use of sound to convey information, perceptualize data and omnidirectional features of the sense of hearing has long been explored as plausible alternatives to conventional visual techniques of knowledge transmission. Our ability to register changes in multiple sonic parameters at once and temporal, spatial, amplitude-based advantages of sound resolution go far beyond possibilities of the eye, but so far no conclusive methods of breakthrough communication have been formulated. Yet, it seems appropriate to reconsider our relationship with time and sound from a more sensitive angle, linking their scientific readings to our personal notions, and trying to reposition ourselves through their constant flows.

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Dr Steven Weinberg (1933 - 2021), the author of "The First Three Minutes", "Facing Up. Science and Its Cultural Adversaries" (2001), "To Explain the World. The Discovery of Modern Science" (2015) and countless lectures, essays and articles.

photos: Michał Matejko

Remerciements / Thanks to :
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Lele Art Space, Kathryn Zazenski, Jaroslaw Czyszczon, Jean-François Lahos, Michał Matejko, Stach Szabłowski.

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