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Field Study is an experimental light and sound installation by Chromasonic composed of repeated translucent scrims laid out to create a series of rooms and interstitial spaces. Each of the four rooms (nodes) in this multi-layered experiential environment is activated by a single source of sound or light at any given time. The installation uses Chromasonic Refrequencing, a real-time translation of light frequencies to sound, and sound frequencies to light, in effect making light audible or sound visible.

Multi-spectral sequences undulate between revealing the space entire, and enveloping visitors in localized color and sound, creating the perception of spatial elasticity. Participants experience themselves either fully contained in an opaque color-sound space, or connected to other areas within the installation by the mere manipulation of light and sound. Visitors experience each other fluctuating between appearing fully present, as ghosted silhouettes, or seemingly disappearing. The spatial fluidity engages participants in a continuous flow of perceptual activation and adjustment by rendering them in solid, diffused, and dematerialized states.

As a sensory catalyst, the installation is an opportunity to ponder presence individually and in community with others. It is an occasion to notice how our experience of a constantly shifting environment shapes the perspective of what we see and what we don’t see. Field Study, in its physically and perceptually immersive layering, creates an awareness of the momentary reality we are able to perceive at any given time, grounding us in presence.

The installation at the Lab serves as a study for the development of Sensory Field, a large-scale installation comprised of up to forty nodes and planned to be first exhibited later this year. The artists will introduce and test different sequences during the run of the exhibition to examine how that impacts the experience within the context of the four full-scale nodes installed at the Lab.

Chromasonic was formed by Johannes Girardoni and Harriet Girardoni as an arts and research lab with sound artists and musicians Orpheo McCord and Joel Shearer. Chromasonic is an arts + research lab that creates sites for immersive light and sound experiences to foster wellbeing.

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