MusicBox

Model Untitled: MusicBox, 2014

The model Untitled: MusicBox is formed from six freely floating square surfaces that are not connected but together form a cube. As on a mobile, the individual sides are suspended on thin wires from a wooden construction that resembles a grid located directly below the ceiling. The freely floating cube is hung at eye level and in the physical perspective of the viewers; its sides, which measure 90 × 90 cm, are mobile and, like the cube in Interface No. 1, have a bilateral, diagonal subdivision resulting from the individual struts. The model-like object can rotate, thanks to the way it is hung from the wooden grid. Untitled: MusicBox illustrates the idea of translating the cube of Interface No. 1 into a sound installation.

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Eight loudspeakers will be hung from the ceiling according to two overlapping squares that mark the corners of a cube. The sound sculpture is large enough that viewers can decide to enter MusicBox and let the sound surround them or simply walk around it.

The bilateral, diagonal configuration of the cube’s sides and its parallel struts do not just evoke a temporal sequence: because of the staggering and the emphasis of the diagonals, it evokes the idea of a kind of perspective, though without raising doubt about the static, concrete existence of the struts. This corresponds to viewers’ ability to perceive the work from changing perspectives, which result in constantly changing views through the object, affecting their awareness of time and making them aware both of the placement of the work and of their own location in space. The viewer’s experience is thus reflected in the configuration of each side, so to speak.

The bilateral, diagonal sides of the cube will be translated into planes of sound. The idea is to produce the changing perspectives described here by means of the interplay of different tonal structures and planes. The sound work will be realized by a team.

MusicBox (model) | Photo: Sandra Peters