Instrument for Inquiry into the Melody of the Landscape

 

Time can appear as if it is bound to a single string, pulled forward mechanically without flux or fatigue. This sensation is in part a product of the clock, a tool to parse duration into perfect fractions of linear and sequential units. Instrument for Inquiry into the Melody of the Landscape is made of a series of wheels connected to each other through a long loop of continually pulling string. Unlike the regular ticking of a clock, this instrument’s sonic output is anything but predictable. As each wheel reacts to the passing string differently, they slip in and out of sync with each other, yielding a syncopation that can likely never repeat itself. When one wheel snags and slows the tempo for those downstream, the tension in the string releases to produce a wave which is slowly absorbed through the network. Through the network, a linear and mechanical input will erode into apparent chaos. Instrument for Inquiry into the Melody of the Landscape is a continually evolving site-specific installation that seeks to make one more aware of their relationship with the passage of time. One’s expectations, hopes and fears relating to their personal passage with time can also say a great deal about our collective perception of a landscape, be it architectural, environmental or temporal.

Nylon string, wood, plastic and aluminum containers, brass, steel, guitar strings, Teflon, electric motor.

installation for Slower Than Time Itself Exhibition at ArtLab Western University 2018