Simple Harmonic Motion by Memo Akten

Simple Harmonic Motion is an ongoing research and series of projects exploring the nature of complex patterns created from the interaction of multilayered rhythms created by Memo Akten. It is a video and sound installation, developed around the concept of creating complexity from simplicity. 

Through the use of custom software, a large number of ‘entities’ are generated, each follow an extremely simple repetitive pattern of movement and sound. On their own, each entity can be considered very monotonous, basic, mechanical, repetitive. The repetition duration, motion and sound of each entity is precisely tuned such that the collection of all entities moving together, creates a unique, evolving and complex composition – both visually and sonically.

Memo Akten is a visual artist, musician and engineer working at the intersection of art and technology. Developing and appropriating new technologies, he explores processes of visualizing the invisible; extracting and amplifying the unseen relationships within images, space, movement, sound and time. His work ranges from live music/dance/theatre performances, large-scale immersive interactive installations, music videos; to online works and mobile applications.

This version was designed for a show at Ron Arads Curtain Call at the Roundhouse, London.
This ultra wide video is mapped around the 18m wide, 8m tall cylindrical display made from 5,600 silicon rods, allowing the audience to view from inside and outside.

(please, watch it full screen)


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