Intern Initiative: "Materia"
Date: April 21–24, 2010
MATERIA: Investigative Collaborations in Health/Medicine + Art
Dual Channel Cochlear, in minor triads, a sound and video performance by Jess Ramsay and Alison Ramsay, will take place on Saturday, April 24, at 3 pm.
Dual Channel Cochlear, in minor triads explores the fields of deaf education, audiology, and music theory in the form of a trio of objects, all emanating, receiving, and transmitting sound simultaneously. The video is a two-minute loop of Alison Ramsay translating an audiogram, detailing the mechanism and inner-workings of a cochlear implant. The sound is a combination of a micro-recording of a natural minor scale. The three objects and three elements of sound create a pulsing, panning minor triad.
The field of deaf education and audiology, and more specifically, the research being conducted on cochlear implants is largely centered on an investigation of translation, transmittance, and subsequent remixing of the variables. The piece seeks to connect three elements: video, sound, and amplification, in an effort to create a minor triad rooted in and produced by creating literal and metaphorical barriers and intervals, leaving no single image or sound, in a recognizable form.
Initially conceived of as a live feed performance via webcam, we will be performing a variation of the piece in remote locations. Still drawing on the concepts of information transmission, translation, and minor scales, both collaborators will be contributing live sound in and out of the gallery space.For more information, visit investigativecollaborations.
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