Tsung Yeh AIR Cultural Center, Tainan (Taiwan) 2018
Bamboo structure covered by concrete and plants, diameter: 3m, 2 sound channels: 2 loudspeakers + amp, continuous loop. Project together with Georgi Georgiev.
Nest is a site-specific environmental artistic project realized in the Madou District of Tainan City, Taiwan. The result of our research during the residency lead to this site-specific sonic sculpture.The former factory complex, in which the piece is situated, is a monument to and an artifact of the industrialization process, which contributed to the current aural state of the Tainan area.The construction methods used to realize the structure mimic the architectural techniques unique to the area, providing a positive viewpoint to industrialization, reminding us that it could be a tool used towards a harmonious and environmentally beneficial outcome which respects nature.
In cities, the deep background frequencies of nature are overlayed by many layers of high frequencies of electronic devices. Researches lead to the result that deep frequencies support plants growth, attract birds and are able to re-establich the human connection to nature. With our project we aim to give a possibility to restore the connection to our natural environment on a visual, sonic and environmental level.
The sculpture was inspired by the architectonic shape of a church’s dome, giving it unique acoustic properties. A deep frequent drone creates a constant hum, in which abstracted sounds of recordings of a big traditional taiwanese temple drum are interwoven.The site-specific project reminds people that positive environmental change is still possible and the only favorable development for our future would be to abandon our ignorant and disrespectful attitude towards nature. This sculpture will be covered by plants, whose growing process is enhaced by the sound frequencies used and also the tactile vibrations on the surface of the sculpture, on which the plants grow.
The artwork is a testament to the negative impact of rapid urbanization and allows visitors to visualize in an immediate way the influence civilization has on nature. The selected medium of work allows for an intuitive attainment of a large body of information, spanning several centuries, all synthesized to allow the easy transmission of these messages. It raises questions of humanity’s future. What would our planet look and sound like if we continue down the same road? This sculpture could be seen as an enduring monument, serving as a reminder to the visitors, of the impact and cost of civilizational advancement, proposing a positive outlook of sonic and environmental architecture which embraces nature.
Audioexcerpt of the installation (to be played over a system with subwoofer):