Susurrati November 3, 2015 - February 29, 2016
the Fern Room at the Lincoln Park Conservatory
in collaboration with Rob Ray, who can also be found here.
The public conservatory becomes a horto-fictional set, animated by selectively vibrating ferns. Plants turn into gossiping communicants, whispering rumors about an unforeseen. Solenoids programmed at rhythmic intervals control the vibration patterns and add a faint tapping clatter to the greenhouse interior, like an idiosyncratic Morse code. The vibration patterns were inspired by historic alphanumeric ciphers.
If sound is touch at a distance, Susurrati is a composition of trembles.
ESS programs supported by the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the DEW Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and the Metabolic Studio.