Martin Illuminates SONICtower Installation at Singapore’s i Light Marina Bay 2016
At the forefront of a generation of sound-media artists in Singapore, ZUL has earned a reputation for integrating 3D forms with “sound constructions” and “soundscapes,” often crossing genres and featuring collaborations with other artists. Marked by diversity, the artist has adopted a multi-disciplinary/multi-genre approach that includes drawings, prints, sculptures and ready-mades.
ZUL’s SONICtower installation was an expansion of “Alice, Did You Hear That?” – a sound installation commissioned for Singapore: Inside Out in 2015 and inspired by Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland and Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?, a book by Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter that explores soundscapes in the urban environment.
According to the artist’s statement, SONICtower comprised “four zones with a total of 320 solenoids and LED lights to create a rhythmic sound and lightscape” within the confines of a four-story scaffold, inviting visitors to “listen and discover unique compositions as they explore different pockets of the artwork.” Each zone uses 64 solenoids controlled by one microcontroller. The solenoids hit on the surface of the scaffoldings and the LED lights glow by programming them in a composition format. Each composition lasts about 10–15 minutes and then continues on a loop. The structure becomes “alive and playful.”
The Martin product array showcased in the SONICtower included a mix of VDO Sceptron 10 outdoor rated LED video fixtures (30 each in 320 mm and 1000 mm), powered by a P3 PowerPort 1500™ integrated power and data processor, all coordinated with a P3-200 System Controller. The outdoor lighting system included a Martin Exterior Wash 310 quad color LED (RGBW) programmed with a M2GO controller.
“I had a great time working with the Martin lighting equipment,” said ZUL. “There are a lot of possibilities to explore further in the future!”
i LIGHT MARINA BAY 2016 Returning for its fourth edition, i Light Marina Bay 2016 featured 25 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations by creative talents from around the world. Through the use of intelligent lighting, the Marina Bay waterfront is transformed each year into a kaleidoscopic display of light, color, shadows and play for people of all ages to enjoy. Participating artists incorporate the use of recyclable materials and adopt energy-efficient lighting technologies in the creation of their stunning light art installations.
SONICtower comprises four zones with a total of 320 solenoids and LED lights to create a rhythmic sound and light scape within the confines of the scaffolds. It invites visitors to listen and discover unique compositions as they explore different pockets of the artwork.
The installation is an expansion of “Alice, Did You Hear That?”, a sound installation commissioned for Singapore: Inside Out in 2015. It is inspired by ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Spaces speak, are you listening?’, a book by Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter, which explores soundscapes in the urban environment.
Zulkifle Mahmod, also known as ZUL, has been at the forefront of a generation of sound-media artists in Singapore – one of the genres of contemporary art-making that has been garnering interest for its inter-disciplinary approach and experimental edge.
ZUL has cut a reputation for integrating 3D forms with ‘sound constructions’ and ‘sound-scapes’, often crossing genres and collaborating with other artists. Marked by diversity, the artist continues to explore and adopt a multi-disciplinary/multi-genre approach that includes drawings, prints, sculptures and ready-mades.
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