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Scientists from MIT present a concert inspired by the work of Argentinian Tomás Saraceno

It is an installation based on the works of the Argentine artist, whose works are made based on the intricate morphology of cobwebs.

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“ Spider's Canvas/Arachnodrone”, an immersive and multisensory sound installation, inspired by the works of Argentine Tomás Saraceno, whose works are made based on the intricate morphology of cobwebs, will be seen for the first time in the United States, on 16, 17 and 18 February, at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, Cambridge.
The piece premiered last November, as part of Saraceno's acclaimed exhibition “On Air” at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and proposes the sound exploration of a three-dimensional spider web, made by a spider of the species Cyrtophora citrulline from South America.
“ We are using spider webs as the basis of our music, reading their scores, using their geometries as the basis of our vibrations. It provides us with a soundscape through which we can wander,” said Evan Ziporyn, composer and director of the Center for Art, Science and Technology at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
The work was done jointly by various MIT minds (a civil and environmental engineer, an engineering professor, a musician and a composer, among others) and consisted of taking laser scanned images of the spider web and then associating different parts with different sounds.
This kind of “scores” were inspired by the intricate but resistant protein fibers that form the cobwebs, then associated with interactive images, generating a disturbing music that evidences the possibilities of collaboration between art, science, technology and other species.
Most of the works of Argentinian Saraceno are inspired by spider webs, to the point that he was the first to develop a method to scan the complex plots woven by the arachnids, a kind of digitalization that was later perfected by scientists from that American institution.
The exhibition “On Air”, which was exhibited until January in Paris, brought together multiple works by the artist born in Tucumán and based in Berlin, with spiders as protagonists, conceived as an ecosystem to find new narratives by associating with other non-human lifestyles.

Source: Télam

Publication Date: 16/02/2019

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