Kidnapping Water Installation

Computer-Controlled Light and Sound Installation
Created with artist Randy Moss

Description
Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas Media Installation is a study on the movement of water using four-channel acoustic recordings and 104 LED lights. Miniature spotlights produce animated light patterns, illuminating a circular reef of salt that appears to float in the darkened gallery.

Video Excerpt

Details
Dimensions: 18″h x 72″w x 72″d
Materials: wood, salt, steel wire, LEDs, four-channel sound system, electronics, computer, custom software
September 12 to November 21, 2008: Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Text Panel
August 2008. Four pairs of singers and percussionists perform 64 Bottled Operas throughout King County. Sometimes a photojournalist, videographer, or sound recordist accompanies them.

The entourage drives through parking lots and hikes through forests searching for water. They sing to befuddled adults and curious children. Ducks gather. Human voices and splashing water cry out harder than the silent wisdom of hair turned white.

There is fear and longing in this scenario. Not a run-away-in-fear or humping-towards desire, more a pause-and-reflect terror and furrowed-brow hope that sends quiet shivers through the stomach. Mouths sense water disappear. Ears caress aural mirages where the abundant rain of the present hides a future of burning salt.

Soprano
Mezzo
Tenor
Bass

Rubber
Salt
Electronics
LEDs
Computer Custom Software
Four Channel Audio

Bones
Bamboo
Gourd
Hands
Gongs
Sticks
Rocks
Shells

Rope
Rags
Wood
Water
Birch
Poplar
Steel
Wire
Resources
· Installation sketches and construction photographs by Randy Moss
· Jack Straw New Media Gallery project page