An installation at VisArts in Rockville, MD
water, pump, tubes, plexi-glass pool, bamboo, wooden tower
Of all of water’s powerful and subtle properties, this installation isolated a single characteristic of moving water – to act as an instrument for sound-making. Moving water has a will of its own – uncontrollable, dynamic; it’s a living element that has multiple and unique character traits from the potential to unleash violence and destruction to serving as a source of calm and healing.
Water as an underlying substance and an essential element serves as a governing metaphor for understanding the universe in terms of flux and interconnectedness. Yet it’s the playful and unpredictable quality of moving water that motivated this installation -- the sound of dripping water as it strikes the surface of still water, sounds made by flowing water bumping up against an obstruction, or the plunking, hissing, swooshing and layering of multiple sounds echoing through the space, re-circulated to begin the process again.
This piece used the fluid and mutable properties of water and sound to create a daily, live interaction in the gallery. Flowing water circulated daily through the space producing an active visual and aural experience.
Composer David Smooke, with additional musicians, created a spontaneous performance of water sounds using bamboo tubes and copper bowls to “play” the piece.
"Call and Response"