This evening we are showcasing the prototype of a new work ‘Polyrhythmia’ made during a residency at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. We’ll do a live demo of the work and I’ll be in conversation with Laura Sillars, director of Site Gallery, Sheffield.
I arrived at the studio to find these three lovely new tapping machines ready for the demonstration of the work this evening. They are each linked to an iphone and respond to the movement of that phone. When they are placed next to an object they tap it, in response to the speed that the iPhone is travelling. When all three iPhones are carried by people walking in the city the tapping sounds start to make rhythms together, but just as quickly the rhythm dissembles into a cacophony of clattering, synchronisation comes and goes as different walking patterns play out across the city.
The image below shows some earlier tests of the machines tapping objects in a disused ‘rock cafe’.