- Performance and Sculptural Installation
- Originally exhibited: Angell Gallery, 2012
- Role: Artist, fabricator
- Collaborators: Ashleigh Semkiw (performer), Patricia O’Connor (costume design)
“Siren” is a performative sculpture which responds to the voice of the performer.
A plot of white silk pours out in all directions from the singer’s dress, held up at various points by coloured strings. As the performer sings, the strings spin and tug on the silk, creating choppy waves in the fabric. Each string responds to a different range of frequencies in the human vocal range, making each performance a unique choreography of voice.
The artwork is realized through custom audio software and hardware developed by the artist. The software analyses a live audio feed and determines the note being sung. The software then activates motors attached to strings corresponding with that note, setting them spinning. The louder the volume of the note, the faster the corresponding string spins. Where harmonic overtones are present, more than one string will spin.