WATERMARK

Lowell, Massachus

Out of Memory, designed by Patrick Tighe for the SCI Arc Gallery is an experience at the convergence of sound, material, light, form and technology.  The installation is accompanied by a site-specific composition by world-renowned composer Ken Ueno. The sound-scape is integral to the experience and used as a vehicle to explore the spatialization of sound within the physical boundaries of the gallery. The installation proposes a new structural materiality using renewable polyurethane foam. The foam is used as a total building assembly: structure, envelope and acoustical barrier. The interior surface of the parabolic structure is a three-dimensional representation of Ueno’s composition. Realized through Machineous’ six-axis robotic milling, the sonic contours are derived from the sound contained within. The chamber’s spiraling geometry and acoustically absorptive material magnify the spatial and the aural.   Experientially, notions of memory are confronted. Traces of the ambient combine with visions of the past, present and future as one’s awareness is heightened and perceptions are altered.

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