Conceptual sound artist Alyce Santoro makes "philosoprops" that are intended to be used – or at least imagine being used – by those who encounter them. For Imagined Sound, she presents her Tonal Relativity Series (TRS), a twelve-color spectrum that can be used to explore and convey relationships within a 12-tone musical system.
For the exhibition, the TRS takes the form of works on canvas and sets of 3-dimensional shapes, including wooden objects and sets of colored dice.
The patterns contained in the TRS works form a language that can be interpreted in myriad ways. Audiences are invited not just to observe the variations in tone visually, but to imagine what they would sound like. While the auditory relationships in the TRS can be imagined by anyone regardless of musical experience, the project is most fully realized when the patterns are used to catalyze collective improvisation and collaboration among musicians of any age or level of experience.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alyce Santoro is an intermedia conceptual/sound artist with a background in biology and scientific illustration. Beginning her career intending to make visible the invisible wonders of science and nature, she quickly became interested in exploring the cultural phenomenon that causes these fields to be viewed as separate, and in the ways that social imaginaries form and can shift.
Santoro's visual and sound pieces have appeared in over 50 exhibitions internationally related to innovative textiles, experimental musical scores, and social action and ecology. A contributor to numerous publications including Leonardo Music Journal, she is the author of Philosoprops: A Unified Field Guide, a catalog/exegesis on the ways that thought – and the phenomena that spark it – shapes culture.