Irrational Orchestration

Irrational Orchestration



in-situ improvised kinetic and sound installation

dimensions: variable

diverse materials and objects found on-site, rope, stretch cord, ceiling-mounted mechanical actuators, stepper motors, custom microcontroller network, custom software

Irrational Orchestration is a series developed broadly as schematic guidelines for improvised installations, rather than pre-determined finished artwork. This iteration is a room-scale kinetic sound installation with visual, structural and/or sonic activation of all surfaces (wall, ceiling, floor) where suspended objects interact with mechanically modulated light to generate a soundtrack of arhythmic/rhythmic tension.

Floating ladders, chairs, tables as both structural sound transducers and found-object marionettes. Lighting is influenced by parasitic mechanical extensions to the gallery dimmers. These motorized controllers can be retro-fitted to most standard artist-centre lighting systems. The ordinary electricity of swaying light bulbs is photo-voltaically transformed into a pulsing floor of sound. Ceiling-mounted mechanical manipulators in each corners of the space aperiodically perturb the network of undulating object actors. Moving shadows fall on a series of wall-mounted light-sensitive oscillators which electromagnetically activate a very long thin wire, amplified to emanate a shimmering, eerie polyphony.

Irrational Orchestration, video documentation, 2016

This version of Irrational Orchestration appeared in the exhibition Les Transformables at L'Écart (Rouyn-Noranda, QC) curated by Eric Mattson.




in-situ improvised kinetic and sound installation

Spiderlogic is part of the Irrational Orchestration series. Ad-hoc architecture, intuitive physics, informal engineering.

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Oroboros of Alternating Current

Headlands research / Convolutions series


residency research, prototypes, maquettes, experiments in electromagneticks and architecture

Objects dance erratically in an intense, fluctuating electromagnetic field of a coiled extension cord, the head and tail of which are plugged into a custom three-headed oroboros cable. Research from a summer residency at the Headlands Centre in California.

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Barracks Bricollage / Casernes couper-coller

Headlands research: sound / building studies for new work


residency research, prototypes, maquettes

Documentation of studies and experiments in sound/acoustics and architecture/building using materials found mostly on site as an artist in residence at the Headlands Center, California, summer 2014.

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2014 - current

collaborative open-source hardware research project

The neuromime is an electronic model of an organic nerve cell that can be interconnected in chains and loops.

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