Talking Heads an interactive installation with painting and music by Moritz Tobler and Mirko Kircher
Moritz Tobler and Mirko Kircher improvise with electronic sounds and painting; the two forms of media translate, supplement or contradict each other intuitively and directly. The painted pictures and sound recordings are then combined in a room-filling interactive installation. The installation titled “Talking Heads” shows four painting-sound combinations that are related to each other and as a whole produce an immersive experience. With the help of a precise tracking technology, the viewer can influence the sounds through their movement in the space and thereby create their own individual experience. Download the uncut videos, audio and deatil pictures of the painting here
POV experience walk at the exhibition
The pictures and the sounds we use in the installation were created in previous improvisation sessions. There is no leading medium, the two media of expression act on an equal footing. The electronic sounds give orientation to the painterly expression and rhythm to the painter’s brushstrokes, demanding either the use of paintbrushes or spatulas and seducing to finger paint or color imitate. The painterly gestures in turn shape the timbres, pitches, speed, dynamics and volume of the music. The challenge for each of the two artists is not to drift off and lose the intermedia connections to an egotrip, but to remain in constant, concentrated exchange. This requires creative listening and at times pausing of one artist, in order to let the other’s work affect and influence a renewed interplay of the two. Neither the beginning nor the end are defined, leaving the working mode entirely free: Who starts? Who reacts when? Who listens when? Who pauses and how long? Who takes over the leadership at what point? How long does it take? This can only succeed if painter and musician understand each other, listen to each other, trust each other, earnestly engage in interplay, allow surprises, lulls, reverses and breaks.
Painting, Music and Motion
How can we present the material, which has emerged from these improvisations? How do we combine dynamic sounds with static images? In film, image and sound change at the same time and thus a dialogue automatically arises. In our work “Talking Heads” the pictures remain static. The movements in the space serve as the connecting medium, which brings the painted pictures and sound recordings into an extraordinary dialogue that enables a completely new examination of the interaction between picture and sound.
Tracking Technology „POZYX“
The positioning technology “POZYX” we use is unique and artistically entirely newly adapted by us. It has been developed by a young Belgian startup company since 2015 and allows localization to within ten centimeters. Four sensors are positioned in the corners of the room; these determine the coordinate system X, Y and Z. Each visitor whose movement is to be located is equipped with an additional sensor. We can locate a person in all three spatial axes X, Y and Z and control the sounds with the supplied data. This means that the person influences the composition in real time through their movement and simultaneously hears it over a loudspeaker system.
Only one visitor at a time can enter the installation. We are not concerned with the scoring of the paintings nor the painterly commentary on the music, but instead we invite the visitors to synesthetic experiences of the two media. The clear playing field acts as a running grid, where the individual - again like we do when we are small children - experiences his or her body-movements with a naive and unexperienced awareness.
Following the the four individual sound-paintings from the exhibition:
Impuls (View Painting in 3585 × 4308)
Rauschen (View Painting in 4015 × 3999)
Wahlgesang (View Painting in 3442 × 3852)
Monotypie (View Painting in 3965 × 4447)