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John Roach

Sound Fiber
Flux Factory - Science Fair
Queens, New York
June 2010

Description
Sound Fiber is a collaboration between John Roach, Robbin Silverberg, John Hudak and Laura Sansone (Interdisciplinary Arts, Book Arts, Sound Art and Product Design). We convert a room in Flux Factory into a temporary laboratory where we will explore the intersections of three disparate activities: papermaking, textile construction (dying and felting) and Sound Art.

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Preliminary Sketches for Sound Fiber.
2010

Sound Fiber developed out of a yet to be realized
project called The Sound of Paint Drying
(Click the drawing for a larger view)

 

 

Sound Fiber Project Description:

Sound Fiber is a collaboration between John Roach, Robbin Silverberg, John Hudak and Laura Sansone (Interdisciplinary Arts, Book Arts, Sound Art and Product Design). We convert a room in Flux Factory into a temporary laboratory where we will explore the intersections of three disparate activities: papermaking, textile construction (dying and felting) and Sound Art.
We are interested in the way that our different activities; the physical labor itself, the group decision making, the utilization of the space, can come together to create a new context within which to consider our work. Transformation figures largely into much of what we will do. In the messy act of making paper and working with wool and dyes, materials undergo an almost alchemical change of state, liquid becomes solid, amorphous pulp into thin sheets, fleece into wool, wool into felt. Natural materials such as onion skins and leaves are used to create dyes. In a further act of transmutation, the sound generated while working with these materials and creating artworks or wearables from them, will be amplified. Our actions will be monitored with a variety of sensors: temperature, velocity of movement, and pressure for example, to generate data that will be used to manipulate the sounds further.
The final products that emerge from our laboratory will refer back again to sound by bearing graphic waveforms images that correspond to the audio generated during their making.
In Sound Fibers, process and product are completely tied together.
The experiment inseparable from the results.