rip #4 (short arguments about inscription)

kinetic sculpture, light, sound
16 by 12 by 10 inches

This series of kinetic sculptures creates audio as rotating waveforms modulate light emitted from a small bulb. While low in resolution, this visible process presents a tangible relationship between the recorded mark and the resulting sound. Drawing upon Rilke’s Primal Sound (1919), in which the fissures traversing a human skull are likened to the traces on a phonographic cylinder, this project experiments with the translation of a physical mark to an entirely different sphere of sensation (aural).

In Rip #4, the discs present two documents of the same event: the simple act of tearing a sheet of paper. While one disc is inscribed with the recorded sound of the paper ripping, the second disc traces the resulting torn edge of the paper. They both attempt to describe the same action, but the inevitable sonic result is…