Selected Projects

 

Suono Specchio/Sound Mirror (ver.1)

2017

by SIR (Ina Ova, Stefan Palitov, RSM)

Aalborg/Copenhagen, Denmark

 

more here

 

Órgano (Organ)

2012

Work by Tania Candiani

Coding, scoring, and performances by RSM

Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Mexico City, Mexico

 

 

Órgano [Organ] is a large-scale and site-specific interactive installation of a talking machine resembling a musical church organ. Originally installed at the Laboratorio Arte Alameda (LAA)--a former 17th-century church in downtown Mexico City--the device features two inputs: a musical keyboard and a typewriter. Each time users move to another line by striking the carriage-return lever on the typewriter, the words that have been typed are played back by means of a voice synthesizer. The musical keyboard, on the other hand, features a more complex system in which each key, music interval, and chord has been programmed to sound a specific syllable, comprising more than 2,000 syllables that make up the Spanish language. The latter programming has been translated into English, and more recently into Russian, for international exhibitions.

 

Listen to Órgano say "Los seres humanos" [Human Beings], recorded at LAA, Mexico City in November, 2012. Listen to more recordings in Music.

 

 

The assignment of syllabic sounds to keys and chords allows texts to be transformed into musical notation and subsequently become music scores. Score sample here [Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics (in Spanish)].

 

 

Órgano was part of Tania Candiani's solo exhibition "Cinco variaciones de circunstancias fónicas y una pausa [Five Variations of Sonic Circumstances and a Pause]," which received the Award of Distinction under the Hybrid Art category at the Prix Ars Electronica 2013. More at TaniaCandiani.com

 

 

 

Specvlvm Astræ

2013 - 2014

Tartu, Estonia

 

...mais enfin, c'est avec des lunettes qu'on observe les astres

Molière, L'Avare [The Miser], Scène V

 

This artistic research project attempts to speculate on our knowledge of the universe... its creation, its end... on stars and other heavenly bodies. Astronomy is speculation, i.e., observation through lenses and mirrors (lat. specvlvm = mirror). However, although speculation approaches truth with uncertainty, it also does it with imagination and creativity, thus leaving place for creation and epistemic disobedience. The project resulted in two exhibitions-Planetario: Observaciones Estelares Especulativas and Dorado/Lacerta tähtkujud-in Tartu, Estonia, which featured installations, music, painting, and drawings, and included presentations, a talk on semiotics, and collaborations with artists, performers, and scholars.

 

Planetario: Observaciones Estelares Especulativas

Y Galerii. Tartu, Estonia

Invited artists: Kat Suryne, Maria Aua, Leelo-Mai Aunbaum, Laik group and Zerkala

 

"Planetario: Observaciones Estelares Especulativas" started out as a project aiming to provoke the public on their notions about the universe, the space and the stars... Mis on universum? [What is the Universe?]. The resulting exhibition featured collaborations with visual artist Kat Suryne and several local Estonian and Russian artists. Public events, a Semiosalong talk, performances, and workshops were also organized as part of the exhibition. The main focus of the project was the idea of constellations, the subjective arrangement of stars as seen from a point of view (Earth). In several of the works displayed, the artists remapped constellations, named new constellations and invented others.

 

Urania

sound installation

recording loop, speakers; 11:55 min.

RSM

 

 

Coelvm Stellatvm

fractal monotype on paper, mounted on architectural soffit, 338.5" by 18.7" (8.6m by 47.5cm)

RSM & Kat Suryne

 

                    

 

Taevakaart [Sky map]

ink on paper, on canvas board

RSM & Kat Suryne

 

Oiwa [お岩], Artenion [Αρτενίων] and Tagetes[Cempaxóchitl] constellations

ink and charcoal on paper, acrylic box and electronics

RSM & Kat Suryne

 

 

...thus the Universe burst into existence...

paper, acrylic capelo, breath sensor, and electronics

RSM

 

 

...nõnda sai universum alguse...
Kuidas kõlab suur pauk? Paljude loomismüütide järgi sai universum alguse sõnast, kellegi kõrvaga kuuldavast lausumisest. Ei pruugi olla kokkusattumus, et meie kaasaegne kosmoloogia räägib universumist, mis sai alguse suurest plahvatusest – paugust. Kuigi see pauk ei viita otseselt helile, on võimalik mõelda algsele mürale, helile või isegi harmooniale...mvsica creationis.

 

Artenion's two hearts (jacket) and Oiwa & Artenion constellations (cushions)

jacket, cushions, conductive fabric, conductive thread, and electronics

RSM & Leelo-Mai Aunbaum

 

 

Dorado/Lacerta tähtkujud [constellations]

Collaboration with Kat Suryne

conductive paint, paper, and electronics

93.6" by 33.1" (2.3m by 84.1cm)

Teaduskeskus AHHAA. Tartu, Estonia

 

This artwork made in collaboration with Kat Suryne uses conductive paint to create organic patterns that overlap with the stellar constellations of Dorado and Lacerta. Dorado  and Lacerta [Goldfish and Lizard] are two of the modern constellations that are observable from the southern and northern hemispheres respectively. By overlapping organic patterns to these specific constellation arrangements Dorado/Lacerta aims to explore the organicity and interactivity of electronics through the use of capacitive conductive paint. The work allowed the audience to interact with the paper and the paint by turning on and off the stars to form the constellation arrangements, thus producing a more organic experience with technology.

 

 

 

Interweave (Laboratorium)

2013

Collaboration with Tania Candiani

516 Arts Gallery. Albuquerque, NM

 

Departing from reflections about science, the idea of invention, utopia and technological projection, a group of local scientists from different fields were invited to discuss and envision the possible and desirable future. Democracity, a utopian futuristic city projected during the 1939 World's Fair in New York City, was the starting point during the collaborative sessions. The technological, scientific, and social projections aroused from these exchanges were interpreted and devised in drawings as a way of approaching creation as the result of both individual genius and collective consciousness. 

 

 

 

Drawings

Jodie Herrera

 

Collaborators

+Alaric Babej. Mechanical Engineer.

+Marlene Brown. Electrical and Systems Engineer, New Mexico Community Power Network/Sandia National Laboratory.

+Dr. Tito Busani. Professor & Research Scientist, Materials Engineering & Nanoscience, UNM.

+Nadiezda Fernandez: PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering & Biophysics, UNM.

+Justin Johnston. Electrical Engineer. Mad Scientist [a.k.a. Tesla Coil guy].

+Dr. Olga Lavrova. Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering, UNM.

+David R. Modisette. Sr. Engineering Labs Coordinator, Electrical Engineering, UNM.

 

Resistor Music

Assembled with help by David R. Modisette, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNM.

Listen in Music.

 

As a metaphor of the interconnectedness of disciplines, a sonorous installation was assembled on the west wall of the gallery. This system features a simple toy organ circuit to render electrical current into musical tones, the tone varies as the resistance increases or decreases--i.e., resistor music. The installation included musical scores written specifically for the Resistor Music system. These scores feature elements of both traditional musical syntax and the peculiarity of the new instrument. A sample score can be found here.