|Thursday Review - 20 - 26 September, 2012|
||This week's Thursday review on September 20, 6 pm, will focus not as much on a young artist as on a phenomenon which is still new to Lithuania - technologically advanced ambient interactive installation: Nuages (Debesys) by Leon Somov and Darius Žickus. The title refers to the Movement I of Debussy's orchestral composition Three Nocturnes which inspired the musical part of the installation.|
Both authors come from the world of music: Leon is a prominent sound engineer, producer and composer of electronic music, and Darius is a musician, producer and sound designer who has lived and worked in London for 20 years. This is their first joint interdisciplinary interactive project.
The project conceived almost one and a half years ago has already been displayed in the gallery 12/10 and Tower's Art Gallery as well as during the Summer Festival of Piano.lt Concert Hall in Vilnius. However, each of these installations had a custom feature specific to the venue, thus making each of them unique both in terms of appearance and interactivity. Vartai Gallery will host an interactive laser composition.
In the meantime, the essence of the installation remains the same: Leon and Žickus construct an interactive multimedia environment combining a specially developed computer program, acoustic room treatment, and a sensor system. A visitor entering the Nuages environment appears in front of a projection of a cloudy sky and a deep infrared camera. When a person gets closer to the camera, he/she sees his/her own silhouette emerging from the cloud projection and hears an increasingly louder soundtrack. Once inside the projection, the visitor can adjust the volume of the soundtrack through gestures, while sensors attached to the walls allow the visitors to create additional percussion elements by emitting sounds and touching various surfaces. Thus, viewers become co-authors of the installation adjusting the musical vision of the artists.
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