W A V E - F I E L D
A series of publically activated luminous musical seesaws produce a heteromorphic soundscape, forming an undulating, fluctuating wave field.
Created by CS Design, Lateral Office & Mitchell Akiyama.
In collaboration with EGP Group, Générique Design, Robocut Studio & Jackworld.
Making art accessible through play
Wave-Field’s main intention is to give people agency over the urban site the artwork inhabits. By intuitively suggesting that partnering up is essential in order to experience them, the seesaws encourage the development of interpersonal relationships between strangers and consolidate existing relationships between friends and family. Through the discovery of a language spoken by other-worldly beings – in this case, illuminated musical seesaws – the artwork becomes a means to an end, contributing to strengthening connections between all those who choose to partner up.
In addition to placing the creation of human connections as a priority, Wave-Field intends to make art accessible to all through the playful nature of the work: the tactile levels of experience offered by the seesaws result in different levels of perception of the artwork, as visual and auditory stimuli induce a novel type of physical activity. In Wave-Field, passengers are not merely witnessing the art: they act as catalyst for the activation of the artwork, and through their participation and collaboration, they become integral to the interpretation of it.
The sound design for Wave-Field takes its inspiration from the half-whimsical notion that electronic systems possess a life, a vibrancy, and a curiosity that is unknowable to us. Each seesaw is inhabited by a foreign entity, each with its own temperament and its own musical vocabulary.
Inciting visitors to partner up and cooperate results in the pivotal moment of activation, where visitors can experiment first-hand the liberation of the seesaws vocal chords, who then reveal themselves as talking creatures. Set in motion, they burst into a menagerie of electric calls that resonate with the site’s urban pulse, blurring the boundaries between sound and landscape.
As more visitors partner up and join the conversation, the richer the artwork becomes and the more intense the physical experience is for every single participant, eventually cascading into an organic symphony that oscillates on the fine line between chaotic and coherent.
Thus, all spectators, whether active or passive, are immersed in a heteromorphic soundscape, forming an undulating field that fluctuates between surprising syncopations and abstract sound expansions. The seesaws’ visitors can witness and contribute to the creation of a continuous, anonymous flux of sound waves translated visually through the light waves propagated through and beyond the site.
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