harmonic curtain – speakers, steel jack chain, score on paper, 8-channel sound
Viewers are confronted with the tactile nature of sound when encountering harmonic curtain, installed above the entrance to the exhibition. The overall shape created by the series of hanging chains recalls the decorative fabric bunting of ornate drapery, rendered as a transparent and vibrating line drawing.
The entire form of the work - spatially and temporally - is derived from the harmonic series, the naturally occurring relationship of resonating bodies that we interpret as consonance in music. Rather than hearing harmonic relationships, the viewer-listener experiences this pervasive and fundamental sonic principle through sight and touch. The work illustrates the connections between sound and matter, highlighting the complicated interactions of even simple vibrating systems.