John Grzinich (US/EE)
location: Close to Villa Romana map >>>

›Resonant Geometries‹ is a performative exploration in redefining geometric space through the phenomenon of physical resonance. The framework of the project is based on a tempered or adjustable system intended for real time performance using tensioned lengths of instrument wires that act as both real and metaphorical lines that define space. The dimensions of this space are measured by the sonic responsiveness of the signals in the system. In this way, not only does the installation itself function as an instrument, but becomes an extension of the space itself. The wires resonate when induced with feedback signals to generate electronic sounding tones resulting from the physical movement of the wires. What is heard, in a sense, is an auditory translation of a spatial dimension. Such an experiment is based on a speculative reasoning, to ‘measure’ the degree to which a space has an inherent ‘tuning’ based on its geometric proportions. The point to point two-dimensional lengths of wires can be extended, woven and crisscrossed in a three-dimensional space adding complex layers of tonality, dissonance and harmonics to the auditory translation process. With multiple dimensions explored, emphasis is given to the physicality that is most likely to define the acoustic properties of the space, such as reflections and reverberations. The resulting sounds can be seen as an audible ‘translation’ of architectonic space.

There are many historical precedents in both the fields of geometry (architecture) and sound (tunings) from which ›Resonant Geometries‹ draws inspiration. Considering the location, the archaeological site of ancient Messene in Greece offers a unique possibility for ›Resonant Geometries‹ to function as a speculative sonic archaeology, a means to uncover hidden meanings and symbolism in the dimensions of a lost civilisation.