Created by: Teoma Naccarato and John MacCallum
Premiere: Summer Works Festival, July 2016, Toronto, Canada
Synchronism is an intimate, participatory installation that takes place within a gallery or alternate public setting. The piece involves three simultaneous invitations to the public:
Individuals are invited, one at a time, to join the performer inside a private booth. With electronic stethoscopes and transducers the duo shares the rhythms of their hearts in real-time, stimulating sites of pulsation on their own and one another’s bodies. Issues of mutual trust, consent, and play are negotiated nonverbally, as the pair transgresses boundaries of internal versus external, and self, other, and environment.
Bodies are distributed and mixed further as the cardiac, respiratory, and fluid sounds of each person are rendered to enliven a multi-channel, spatialized audio installation throughout the surrounding area for everyone present. Live sounds from the two stethoscopes are treated with algorithmic filters that introduce elements of randomness and ambiguity, as well as slippery passages between signals derived from present and past encounters. A music composition titled Limn was developed based on the stethoscope recordings in the live event:
In addition, there is a large scale, labyrinth-like paper sculpture dominating the public space. Several transducers are attached to the paper, sending real-time, tactile interpretations of the audio from the stethoscopes throughout its surfaces. The public is encouraged to touch, embrace, and be enveloped by the architectural folds of the sculpture, as it evolves in concert with the intimate performance and sonic scape.