The main idea of this project is to present exhibition visitors with the chance to destroy any object they might happen have on their person, in order to transform it into a unique sound production. The installation consists of five hydraulic presses, capable of crushing practically any object (a mobile phone, a pair of glasses, headphones or whatever). In the process of destruction, a special microphone records the sounds made as the object undergoes deformation, and in just a few minutes, a computer algorithm transforms them into a 20-minute album.
The project is intended to provoke visitors into spontaneously ridding themselves of material consumer objects in order to create their own individual work of art via deprivation, divestment and destruction. Sound has been taken as the chief medium here with good reason, since sound art is perhaps the least material and most abstract of all genres in art. The technological aesthetic involved constitutes an ironic attempt to turn the process of art production into a technological process, but the result, unlike that of mass production, demonstrates a contrary phenomenon—this is a work involving programming and code in the context of generative art, with the potential to broaden the range of instruments at art’s disposal. At the end of the process, the sound production is automatically recorded on an audio CD and given to the participant, completing the process of exchange. 1,574 disks were recorded during the first show.
Hardware: x5 Arduino Uno, microphone and preamp, 10-ton hydraulic press, Apple Mac Mini plus Apple CD drive
Software: Pure Data, Max/Msp, Applescript
Dmitry Morozov (RU), is a Moscow media artist, musician and engineer of strange-sounding mechanisms. In the mid 00s Dmitry started actively using his DIY and circuit-bent instruments for his own music projects, as well as making instruments for other musicians and media artists. He is the first batch producer of music and video synthesizers in the post-Soviet area. Besides making music and instruments, Dmitry creates audiovisual art installations and promotes circuit bending and DIY electronics in Russia through lectures and workshops.
Commission by the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2014
Special thanks to Cyrille Henry, Valentina Osokina, Nikolai Zheludovich