Every Vessel records and dramatises the history of its manufacture is a multimedia project by the trio Flamingo, involving music and gesture, manifested in 3D-printed sculpture. The process encompasses the rendering of audible and visual material in both time and physical space, to create an immersive experience that challenges established notions about the work of art as well as its process of manufacture.
Every Vessel originates from Flamingo asking the question: How can an we, as artists, create a release medium that aesthetically reflects our music, while also being an artwork itself?
Part of the answer lies in technology. Advances in computer processing power and consumer hardware allows us to precisely record and analyze, not only music and the gestures that make music possible, but also the behavior of the audience listening to that music.
Sending the resulting data to a 3D printer, allows us to create a sculptural representation of a concert; the music as well as the gesture informing it and the movement informed by it.
The result is a frozen piece of music, a spatial reflection of the most temporal and fleeting of art forms.
Every Vessel records and dramatises the history of its manufacture will be premiered in May 2017 in Kunsthal Nord in Aalborg Denmark. Here, Flamingo will play three live concerts a day for four weeks while a computer records the music and a custom-designed algorithm analyzes the audio, using machine-learning technology to recognize patterns and structures in the performance. Each of the three musicians is also equipped with two MYO armbands – advanced gesture sensors that track not only movement, but also muscle tension. Furthermore, an infrared camera detects the movement of the audience.
The resulting sculptures thus capture the music, as well as their accompanying gestures that are prerequisites for the sound production, and the bodily reactions of the audience.
This translation from music and environment into sculpture is a unique approach to creating an autonomous artwork, different from, yet dependent on, its source.
Every Vessel has been presented at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and NIME2017 in Copenhagen.
Chris Heenan (contrabass clarinet)
Adam Pultz Melbye (double bass)
Christian Windfeld (snare drum and objects)
Every Vessel is created in collaboration with Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan, Daniel Overholt and Cumhur Erkut.
The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Council, Danish Composers’ Society / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes,The City of Aarhus, DJBFA Composers and Songwriters, Danish Actors Association, Aalborg University, 3D Printhuset, Thalmic Labs and Aalborg Sportshøjskole.