Sonic Planetarium, 2017-present. Sound installation, 9 channels. Sonic Planetarium is an audio model of the stuff in earth’s orbit, in real time. Sound from transmissions representing individual satellites are heard as the actual objects pass far overhead, as if we can listen into space.
Each Sonic Planetarium installation is site-specific, adapting to the particularities of the site in both form and location—the speakers are situated to optimize sound in the environment and the software is tailored to represent satellites in real time at the installation’s latitutde/longitude. To date, Sonic Planetarium has visited: Harvestworks as part of the New York Electronic Art Festival; the Hirshhorn Museum as part of DC Listening Lab’s Sound Scene Festival; SPACES in Cleveland, OH; the Center for Integrated Media at CalArts in Valencia, CA; Tufts University Art Galleries in Boston, MA; and at Present Company in Brooklyn, NY.
Sonic Planetarium: Satellite Pipes is a site-specific variation of Sonic Planetarium at Tufts University as part of TuftsPUBLIC: Wave Farm in Residence on view November 2018 to May 2019. Seven silver cylinders hang from the Aidekman Art Center’s atrium ceiling and channel audio representing satellites and other orbiting objects which are within radio transmission range of Tufts University, in real time. Each pipe is assigned a category of orbiting object and named after the stars in the constellation Orion. (more here)
This project is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film Program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.