Reverberating Light is a light and sound installation by Yael Erel and Avner Ben-Natan incorporating dynamically reflected light drawings that engage with soundscapes by Pauline Oliveros, Jonas Braasch and Zack Layton recorded through the Dan Harpole Cistern System. Presented in EMPAC (CURTIS R. PRIEM EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER at Rensselaer) Studio 1 – Goodman.

Sound responsive light projections shine onto stainless steel discs and reflects dynamic light drawings, creating a sense that both the sound and the light are alive. Information engraved onto the reflector by a robotic arm is derived from the footprint of the cistern along with diagrams of sound reverberations off the cistern itself. Once illuminated, the discs engraved surface is reflected and transposed into light drawings. Multiple reflections from one light source create a sense of reverberation echoed in both light and sound.

As viewers enter the space they are immersed within a field of light and sound reverberation. Echoing the intent of Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening practice, this work aspires to support this sense of immersion and focus in a meditative space by enhancing the soundscape as a multi-sensory experience; providing an experience of wonder and play.

“Deep Listening involves going below the surface of what is heard, expanding to the whole field of sound while finding focus. This is the way to connect with the acoustic environment, all that inhabits it, and all that there is.” Pauline Oliveros

Production Credits:

Light drawings: Yael Erel and Avner Ben Natan
Soundscape: Pauline Oliveros, Jonas Braasch, and Zack Layton using the Dan Harpole Cistern System
Technical integration: Samuel Chabot
Robotics support: RPI SoA Fabrication Lab and Clair Moriarty
RPI Research Students: Maddie Mast, Joey Morse, Joe Pelton, Rebecca Victori
Shadow Improvisation Dance: Ophra Wolf and community members

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Arts Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region. Supported by lightexture.

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