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A Collection of Circles (or Pharology)

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A Collection of Circles (or Pharology)


Yolande Harris

“Over the last months, I have been collecting sounds and video images related to the circular movements of a lighthouse loom. What Virginia Woolf called the “winking eye” has provided me with a form that can be shared between both sound and image and related to human movements. Functioning as a spatial score the pulsating circularity is potentially infinite but not soporific. The invitation to create a sound installation for Earwitness has given me the opportunity to exhibit my collection of circles, as overlapping miniatures, without the layer of video images that made up the recent performance Light Phase. It seems to me a paradox that these circular sounds contain more reference to images in their own right than when displayed with the images that inspired them. I am becoming curious as to the relations between sound and image through subtraction rather than combination or translation. Images shadow the four distinct sonic elements, electronic, instrumental, environmental, and vocal. Light sensors allow for subtle transformations of the sounds and can be influenced by visitors. Together these spiraling, folding patterns envelop the visitor while suggesting movement through distance and open space. ’A Collection of Circles’ therefore has an alternative title, Pharology, the study of lighthouses.”


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