Clay and Woods
of Certain Flutes
is a transmedia art project initiated during the Covid 19 pandemic. Carmen Troncoso | Richard Kearns
Richard Kearns | Audience Experience, Interactive Art, Play and Transmedia
When elements of the natural world are re-organised or displaced to create a sense of the uncanny, new relationships are required to make those experiences meaningful. In the design of this installation, new narrative connections emerge through forms of interactor play. I am curious how the information generated through physical or virtual activity crystallises into the kind of relationship that connects visitors and how the meaning they make can be shared through their encounters. I am exploring how stories are relational. How can we reconnect with a greater narrative as relational beings who live through stories. Reconnect in a way that does not make us superior to the blade of grass, nor inferior but part of the same process.
A new collaboration between Carmen Troncoso and Richard Kearns
Forests have often been depicted as places of transformation within our cultural mythologies. Between Air, Clay, and Woods of Certain Flutes is an immersive audio-visual dream space in which wooden musical instruments are reunited with forests as transformed inhabitants. Our installation reflects on those valuable living woods where crafted stems and shaped earth have been awakened by the air of a musician’s breath.
Weaving through the space are two electroacoustic flute compositions, a Mayan poem and the noise of flute manufacture interspersed with a forest soundtrack. Each track is looped to repeat out of sequence continuously.
We invite you to explore our installation and encounter the shifting dialogue between sound material and image.
A snippet of gameplay from Art-Game: Between Air, Earth and Woods - a virtual version of the installation.