An audio-architectural exploration of time by Bernhard Gal and Yumi Kori
Defragmentation/blue, time seems to stand still. Five bright
blue lines float in the dark. Depending on the viewer’s perspective,
they appear as a horizon or as a covering of the space, and they continue
into the infinity of unlimited black. In actuality, the light rays are
ultraviolet-reflecting ribbons. To move further into the room, one has
to crawl under them, which completely changes the visual and acoustic
perception of the space. The unboundedness of the architectural installation
is reinforced by the static-repetitive structure of the sound installation.
In the compositional design of Defragmentation/blue, Bernhard
Gal incorporates psycho-acoustic phenomena
like masking effects, combination tones, and the gestalt laws of psychology.
In a progression of frozen time-windows, superpositions of partial tones
unfold, varying with the listener’s position in the room; micro-tonal
glissandos form floating sound textures that fill the whole room.
Reflective ribbons, black light, loudspeakers
Studio Five Beekman, New York City 1999