As part of Energetics and Informatics The 6th ADA Network Symposium in Whanganui December 2010, I organised for the Sargeant Gallery to present a new work Ozinal (2010) (a radio station from the sun) by Joyce Hinterding and David Haines.
Ozinal makes a gallery sound differently. An ultrasound speaker high on a wall focuses tympanic sounds recorded from the sun into a single beam. Like a light ray caught between clouds the beam of noise is reflected bouncing across the ear drum of the gallery. Slowly those fragments become dissipated, and realise curatorial fears as they begin to invade the contemplative space of other works. The impact of sound is disturbing yet true, once it has become molecular we can’t see it move. Like a magic ball, a large black orb contains a second sensory disturbance. The scent of ozone is neither recognisable nor deeply familiar but is somehow mimetically known. Whether it is mown grass or fluorescent tubes we have smelt this presence before. The two elements – sound and smell – direct and mediate an individual experience of the performance of the sun. Together these individualized, subjective, personal experiences form a collective mood or affect – an immersive atmosphere.
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