fiberglass, electronics, fiber optics, LEDs, speakers, microphones, computer equipment
Re-Collect is a sculptural sound and light installation that is immersive in nature and is designed to evolve through interaction. The piece is built around a central spinal cord of fibre optic cabling and data wires, which feed sound and light to thirty suspended semi transparent sonic objects that were modeled after a synapse. The totality of the installation resembles a large luminescent tree like form that evokes both aquatic and terrestrial worlds, and the movement of light throughout the sculpture is suggestive of electricity moving through a neuron or synaptic pathways within the brain.
The interactive experience in Re-Collect is subtle in nature and does not have a one-to-one relationship. It does not try to communicate in anyway with the viewer, but rather resembles a living system similar to a coral reef – it knows you there and tries to find equilibrium based on your presence. Its personality is revealed slowly over time, and is shaped by both its environment and visitors to the space. In its totality, Re-Collect forms a luminescent and sonic mass attentive to its environment, which uses sound as a metaphor for the electrical impulses moving through the brain and points to the moment that two entities meet – when memories form – entangle with the present – and shape experience.
Jane Tingley is an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Media at the Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Her research combines traditional studio practice with new media tools – and spans responsive/interactive installation, performative robotics, and the creation of a gestural game. She received the Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture and has participated in exhibitions and festivals in the Americas, Asia, and in Europe.
Michal Seta wears many hats. He’s a researcher and developer at Society for Arts and Technology and research assistant at Matralab, Montreal, composer/improviser, performer and digital artist. He is involved with a networked collective Melatab [SAT], a co-founding member of the electro-acoustic trio No One Receiving (Grain of Sound label) and is the other half of the poetry and electroacoustic improvisation duo UniSecs. His works have been exhibited or performed in Europe, USA and Canada.