Emma Tucker, August 16, 2013
Generative, holographic ‘creatures’ create an immersive sound-and-lightscape, in designer Matthias Lohscheidt’s new work, Evolution of Silence.
Matthias Lohscheidt has combined light and tone, to create an installation that relies as much on its visuals as it does its supporting environment of sound.
To create the piece, Lohscheidt turned to the theory of evolution, and created a world of manmade creatures. Each creature emits a different tone, depending on its DNA, and exists within the installation as a ray of light. So far, so simple, but the entire piece is driven by an underlying evolutionary algorithm, which allows these artificial beings to follow a path of real-life evolution.
The tone each creature produces determines how it fits into its surrounding environment the ways it interacts with other nearby beings, and how it continues to exist within the installation.
In his statement about the piece, Lohscheidt explains, “this way, the population inside the world evolves from a disharmonic and chaotic soundscape to a harmonic structure.”
Aside from its complex structure, the piece is beautiful to experience, both in the purity of its visuals, and the meditative soundscape of chimes. Visitors are able to play a direct role in the way the installation functions – by touching the lights they can affect the progression of their evolution, for better or for worse. As a whole, Evolution of Silence isn’t the most visually complex or impressive piece of work, but it demonstrates the ways that complex methods of programming can function as beautiful, and minimalist pieces of art.