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 was premiered in May 2017 in Kunsthal Nord in Aalborg, Denmark. Here, Flamingo played three live concerts a day, six days a week for four weeks while a computer recorded the music, gesture and muscle tension of the three performers. A custom-designed algorithm analysed the audio and motion data, using machine-listening and machine-learning technologies to recognise patterns and structures in the performance. Furthermore, the movement of the audience was tracked by an infrared motion sensor.
The data from each performance was then translated into a print file that, when fed to a 3D-printer, resulted in the creation of a sculpture.
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 software designer Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan.
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.