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Jeff Talman – A Play of Flows [it Genoa]

talman.jpgJeff TalmanA Play of Flows – The Mediterranean Sea “tuned” to a Genovese landmark :: October 23–November 4, 2008 :: Galleria Mazzini, Genoa, Italy.

Galleria Mazzini, the elegant 19th Century architectural gem in the heart of Genoa, Italy, serves as the framing space for international artist Jeff Talman’s newly commissioned installation A Play of Flows. The work’s sonic environment, based on site resonance and the nearby Mediterranean Sea, initiates a meditation on the contributing currents that enliven this spectacular urban site. Recorded at a nearby Genoese beach, crashing wave sounds provide the sonic source material for the installation. Talman filtered these sounds to align them with the resonant frequencies or “tuning” of the Galleria. The sea wave sounds, shaped into a series of spatial and site-harmonic progressions, engage the architecture as the “voice” of the sea sings in the Galleria, turning it into a vast resonating instrument.

The installation features four ‘sound fountains’ that create cascades of resonant sound under the four domes of the gigantic glass and iron topped space. The sea-sonic wave environment fills the space as the domes, over 80-feet high, become giant parabolic sound reflectors. The timed release of cascading and erupting vertical sound motions under the domes are sequenced across the 592-feet length of the Galleria. The highly reflective marble floor and glass superstructure provide a dense reverberation as an atmospheric sense of the Galleria’s unique resonant structure is exposed and dynamically engaged.

Rarified sound wave motion is explored as intimations of the sea fill the space in a play of flowing motions that stand in reference to the history of the Galleria, the flow of time, people and events. Choreographic fields of sonic energy laced with the maritime sense of the Italian Riviera region interact with the architecture in a program that poetically confronts aspects of site, perception and time.

A Play of Flows is a highlight of Genoa’s Festival della Scienza. Alessandra Natale is Curator of the installation for the Bogliasco Foundation, an international foundation that operates an Arts and Humanities residency program at the Liguria Study Center in nearby Bogliasco, Italy. Additional support for the installation is by the City, the Province and the Chamber of Commerce of Genoa and the Merchants Association of the Galleria Mazzini.

Following this exhibition, Galleria-Studio Ghiglione, Genoa will present Talman’s Sea–Sound–Wave, an exhibition of photography and video installation from November 3–14.

Jeff Talman has created installations in Cathedral Square, Cologne, Germany, in St. James Cathedral, Chicago, in the Bavarian Forest, for the MIT Media Lab, Eyebeam, The Kitchen, and bitforms gallery in New York City among others. Recent awards include a 2006 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Sound Art and a 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Computer Arts. His unique achievement is self-reflexive resonance in which the inherent ambient resonance of an installation site is identified, amplified and returned to the space. Born in Pennsylvania and trained as a composer and pianist, he served as conductor to numerous orchestras. His sound work leapt from concert stage to the New York City gallery scene in 1996. Today his sound and video installations, sculpture and twodimensional work are regularly featured internationally in museums, galleries and other historic and alternative sites. Upcoming installations include a massive work for the Cathedral oof Cologne in the spring of 2009. Talman lives and works in Manhattan. Read NMR’s interview with him.


Sep 19, 2008
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