Meta.Morf 2018 / Trondhjems Kunstforening
10-channel sound installation
Treverk (Woodwork) is an ongoing series of installations based on audio recordings of minuscule movements inside trees. Changes in the electrical conductivity in two of the installations logs controls the sound played from the exhibitions other trees.
Transducers have been attached to the trees in which the recordings were originally captured, allowing the sound to be affected by the logs in real time.
The trees used in these works were already cut – or scheduled for cutting by the forest owner before I started working with them.
Meta.Morf Catalog Text:
In the exhibition Treverk (8) at Trondhjems Kunstforening, Joakim Blattmann will present sculptural works based on audio recordings of the minuscule movements inside trees. In this way, these works materialize sound that we are often unaware of, making the active existence inside of living organisms present.
Treverk is a series of sound installations based on audio recordings of the minuscule movements of trees. The trees in which the recordings were originally captured make up the sculptural components of the installation. Transducers have been attached to the trees allowing the sound to be affected by the wood in real time, emphasizing wood as living rather than inanimate matter.
In the exhibition, visitors will encounter a variety of wood sculptures that actively fill the space with sound. The works range from small to larger structures that have been “colonized” by technology. In the context of these sculptures, technology is a tool that helps us hear something that would otherwise be unavailable to our senses. In this way, these works materialize sound that we are often unaware of, making the active existence inside of living organisms present.
By combining sound technology, materials from nature and the artistic medium of sculpture, Blattmann ́s work explores the complexity of the auditory information that surrounds us. Chance events and complex systems mix in a hybrid natural world where nature and technology are in dialog, in need of each other to bring forward their full potential.
Curator: Elena Perez
Treverk (8) was supported by Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Trondheim Kommune.
Many thanks also to Greger Stolt Nilsen, Patrick Bøen Sigtun, Ricardo del Pozo, Håvard Stamnes and Trondheim Bydrift for various assistance.