“Sand blows across a stranded trumpet. A winter moth scales a violin. Glacier meltwater percusses a timpani mallet. Sulphur steams through a flute.”
- In-person event
In a performance of synaesthesia, the Lantern features four videos of ecosystem components interacting with musical instruments that evoke an inaudible auditory imagining for the viewer.
How does a sandstorm play a trumpet? How might a moth sound a violin’s strings? How can glacial melt percuss timpani mallets? How would a fumarole play a flute?
As macro-video art created for NACO’s SPHERE Festival and the Kipnes Lantern, Sonosphere pairs Icelandic ecosystems with symphony orchestra instruments. The grand scale of the Lantern’s video façade juxtaposes with the macro-intimacy of sandstorm, moth, meltwater, geothermal steam, and musicians caressing their instruments.
Each Icelandic ecosystem emphasizes components from one of the four primary planetary systems (lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere). Selected from within each of the four orchestra instrument families (brass, strings, percussion, woodwinds), a musical instrument is then played by an ecosystem component. In situ videos are shot in summer 2022 at Icelandic geographic phenomena—black-sand beach, moss-covered lava field, melting glacier, and sulphuric fumarole.
- Discover those videos on the Kipnes Lantern during SPHERE festival -