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Cantus Discantus

Tomás Quintais

Edigma Semibreve Scholar winner

This sound installation seeks to establish parallels between fine arts and sound art. in Cantus Discantus, a white circular canvas is covered by plastic waste and transduction devices. The suspension of eight IV drips over the prepared object progressively transfigures the set towards a sound-pictorial representation, through the coloured water which falls onto the canvas. The drops, as they fall, stimulate the microphones which are scattered through the space, converting those signals into a data chain which associates with a set of soundscapes. A sonic painting which results is modeled by the water flow and spatialized by a system of 8 loudspeakers that surrounds the installation. The result is always variable and unpredictable.
Fundamentally marked by the nefarious consequences of climate change and faced with the massive destruction of ecosystems, the project evoques a set of marine species from the starting point of ocean pollution. The colours which symbolize the planet Earth (green, blue and brown) contrast with the multiple disposable objects, apparently silent in their inanimate condition. the sound recordings present correspond to field recordings of different natural environments, from the beach to the most hidden rocky formations.

Edigma Semibreve Scholar winner