Cryptic Associates: XFRMR

September 28, 2016 in by mwhiteside


Event Details


In 1891 the genius inventor Nikola Tesla tamed lightning with his Tesla coil, a device that renders electricity visible. Glasgow-based artist Robbie Thomson has harnessed the sonic capabilities of the Tesla coil in a work as arresting as the scent of burning ozone and as lively as electricity itself. By synthesising the ever-changing sonic geometries of the apparatus to produce distorted tones and percussive stabs, XFRMR offers a glimpse into the subatomic relationships that govern the universe. Housed in an imposing steel Faraday cage and accompanied by audio-reactive projections, this work is a physical assault on the senses.

“Propels the viewer into an intense electromagnetic experience.” digital arti

2016 performances include Kings Place, London (Sonica 2016); EXIT Festival, Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil, Paris; Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART), Mexico City; Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS), Morelia, Mexico; The Substation, (Melbourne Festival), Australia; Bandung, Surabaya and Yogyakarta, Indonesia as part of British Council’s UK/ID and Culture Station 284, Seoul.

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