The video shows the process of making a sound print by using powder toner, used in laser printers and a Chladni plate, constructed from two speakers and a plexiglas plate. The work exploits sound waves to create a rich textured aleatoric surface. By setting up the parameters and using the force of sound waves, the artist separates himself from expressive process of creation and limits his physical presence in the final piece.
This series of prints is made by using Chladni plate and different frequencies and sounds played through it, result with different images on the surface of the paper. The technology used for printing and preserving the image is similar to laser printer technology in terms of using the laser printer powder toner as printing medium and using quartz lamps to fix the powder on to the paper.
Certain amount of laser toner powder is dispersed across the paper that is laid on the Chladni plate – a Plexiglas plate on top of the two audio speakers. The goal is to produce prints with a high physical presence without concrete physical interaction, eliminating gestures, composition, and human impact. By setting up the parameters of the work, and letting it determine the formal presence of the work, its look and final result, I am separating myself from the creative process of image making and abstracting it to the level of pure concept and in the same time having the characteristics of expressive print as a mere technological outcome.
Each print is a memory, a recording of some force, some event preserved on the surface. Particles that at one moment are static, at the next moment take on the form of some event that is preserved in their shape. Stimulated by sound, they move, creating patterns, shapes and textures.
• Chladni plate
(Two audio speakers with modified membranes, Plexiglas plate)
• Audio amplifier
• Quartz lamps
• Laser printer powder toner
• Steel frames
Project realised in the context of the KulturKontakt Austria (KKA) Artists in Residence scholarship programme