The Noise of Music, 2018
Single Channel Video Sculpture
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The Noise of Music is a single channel video sculpture designed to expose inconsistencies in humans’ multifarious definitions of “nature”. Confined within a television 3D printed from plastic filament, footage of sprawling vistas initially evokes traditional concepts of beauty within a wild environment. However, when this installation is placed within an exterior space, and as the footage and audio begins to deteriorate, it becomes evident that the footage and its plastic vessel are a synthetic unit that detracts from the existing landscape around it. Despite this realization, the viewer is still inclined to hone in on the filtered vision of “nature”, bringing into question what it is we value as a culture, and what we consider to be exterior, or apart from our society.
The Noise of Music is a single sculpture that outputs its audio and visuals through an iPhone 6s that is inserted into the side of the custom printed plastic television. Set up can be variable, but it is necessary that the sculpture is placed on a stark pedestal, exterior to the gallery space, preferably around / immersed in a landscaped environment. Ideally, the setup will be located close to a pathway or clearing that makes it more accessible to the viewer. However, some obstructions to the piece due to plant life are acceptable and contribute to the viewing experience. Daylight is not essential. In cases of extreme weather, primarily precipitation, please remove the piece from its display.
The Noise of Music is set to loop for 2 hours before the video ends. At this time, someone must remove the phone from the sculpture and start the video over. The phone can play for 3 hours before losing its charge. There is a charging port located on the left side of the speaker that can be accessed while the video is looping. I would suggest charging the device in intervals of 30 minutes charging while playing to 2 hours just playing.
Since the visuals and audio are outputted solely from the iPhone, please set the brightness and volume to maximum.
Please Note: All equipment for this installation is provided by the artist. I will be on hand to give an initial demonstration of video playback and pedestal setup. The equipment I will provide is listed below:
1 iPhone 6s to be inputted into the sculpture
1 3D Printed television sculpture
1 Charging cord for the iPhone