Chromasonic – Fluid State is a site-specific light and sound installation by Chromasonic, a studio and research lab founded by Johannes Girardoni Studio with sound artists and musicians Orpheo McCord and Joel Shearer. Chromasonic explores fundamental relationships between light and sound.
Created for Deep Creek Mine, Telluride, CO, the 60-foot long installation is situated in the mine’s longest shaft, a pitch-black space the length of a football field. In the heart of the mountain, Chromasonic – Fluid State is the site’s only source of light.
The installation is composed of four connected spaces created by a series of translucent scrims. Light waves generated from sound waves illuminate each of the four rooms using “Chromasonic-Refrequencing,” a real-time algorithmic process that creates fundamental relationships between light and sound. As sound fills each of the four spaces, light illuminates the installation in correlating hues. The dynamic between light, sound, scrim, and mine, creates an experiential state that is fluid at all times. Fields of view continuously open and close. Space appears to physically expand and contract, depending on a participant’s position and the flow of sound-generated light. This renders the site and its participants – both awash in light and sound – in a continuous flow of perceptual activation and adjustment. At the heart of the mine, this installation brings light into darkness. As a sensory catalyst, Chromasonic – Fluid State is an opportunity to ponder presence individually and in community with other participants. It is an occasion to experience how our environment constantly shifts and shapes what we see and what we don’t see. Chromasonic – Fluid State, in its physically and perceptually immersive layering, can be a meditation on what reality we are able to perceive at any given time.
Chromasonic – Fluid State is generously supported by Original Thinkers, Deep Creek Experimental, and Telluride Arts. The site is scheduled to open to the public in 2021.