LAURA KAVANAUGH AND IAN BIRSE : INSTANTPLACES
BUILDING : 9 OSSINGTON
Installation residency at Interaccess, Toronto : September 19— October 21, 2012
Two networked computers running Max/MSP programs generating co-ordinated audiovisual fields. 21 channel sound (audio transducers on 16 suspended pine panels, drivers on two sub-floor heating ducts, two floor-mounted bass shakers), video expanse stretched across two monitors.
The two front windows at Interaccess are approximately 10 feet in height and seven in width, separated by a gap of 10 feet created by the entranceway. Each window is divided into an upper translucent section prepared for nightime video, and a clear lower section that opens onto the street life of Ossington Avenue.
On our initial visit to Interaccess curator Alex Snukal removed blackout coverings from the windows, and as daylight filled the room we watched the avenue's ebb and flow through the open frames: pedestrians and vehicles panning across a window, disappearing from view, and reconstituting themselves moments later across the gap.
We decided to invite the energy of the neighbourhood into the gallery: open windows framing discontinuous snapshots of city life, sounds of the street and the tattoo parlour overhead recorded through the pipes, ducts and beams of the building.
The recordings revealed resonant tones specific to each structural element/pickup pairing:


We began preparing the generative audio program by using tactile transducers to feed the building sounds back through objects and surfaces in the Interaccess space.
In a neighbourhood art store we found pine panels that sounded great with tactile drivers attached.
The basement workshop area at Interaccess hosts an active community of hardware hackers. We photographed the twirls and skeins of multicoloured wiring to create the generative video component.
Click image below for direct to disk recording of one generated audiovisual sequence.