Brief overview of a few of the most relevant artists I have been looking into recently
David Dunn is a composer and sound artist specialized in the creation of texts, sound compositions and environmental installations. He is an expert wildlife recordist and a bioacoustic researcher. His scientific interest in systems of communication is clear in his pieces, which act as much as researches as art material.
Much of his work attempts to convince others of the diversity of auditory worlds that surround us and inventing affordable tools for its exploration.
As he argue in his statement “Given the avalanche of messages that we are receiving from the Earth in the form of disrupted natural cycles, increasing natural disasters, unprecedented loss of biological diversity, global warming, etc., it seems apparent that we are truly beginning to pass through the eye of the environmental needle. No matter how impressed we may be with the world we construct through the lenses of our own conceptual and linguistic making, our constructs seem facile before the melting of glaciers and the fury of hurricanes. Perhaps one of the best uses of my time, as a composer, is to simply discover and listen to nature’s changing messages and pass them along to others.”
Not only his work inspired me into the investigation of new systems of language, but his essays about the relationship between these and sound made me wanting to explore more with this medium.
Christa Sommer & Laurent Mignonneau
With a shared interest in artificial life and intelligence, Sommerer and Mignonneau produce deeply engaging and sensory experiences. Thanks to the combination of their very different backgrounds (one in botany, anthropology, and sculpture while the other in video and modern art), the duo is able to create interfaces that generate open-ended, embodied encounters with living systems and science. What is interesting is to see how each piece demonstrates the essential quality of engagement that connects the artists’ work to the physical world.
As their research and art often posits, technology increasingly plays a fascinating and complicated role in the archaeology, imitation, and manipulation of nature – despite the generative qualities they both share.
He is an internationally recognised artist who combines kinetic sculpture and sound into a unique art form. His sculptures exist on the border between the natural environment
and human intervention and use the natural driving forces of electricity,
wind, water and ice. His installations also reflect his interest in the relationship between chance and music.
Asides his both interior and exterior artworks, he is well known as an improvising musician and has played many solo concerts.
What I like most about his work is how the sound sculptures connects with the environment and how the artist is then able to work with these sounds and recreate them.
She is mostly known for her immersive and mixed-media installations that combine physical materials with film. Language in its broadest sense is what unites all the video, sound, installation and performance work of the artist, who often addresses the idea of miscommunication and getting lost in translation. Prouvost is interested in confounding linear narratives and expected associations between words, images and meaning. The videos are usually completed by the physical installations, which are often filled with a dizzying assortment of found objects, sculptures, paintings, drawings, furniture, signs and architectural assemblages, based on the themes and imagery in the films.
I really admire her ability to present video works and make them part of a whole with the installation and this allowed her to address the audience directly, not allowing people to experience a passive viewing.