La Medida: Act 3: Frequency and Amplitude:
Installation view on six monitors of varying sizes
As part of La Medida, Frequency and Amplitude is a six-channel film that explores a variety of measuring systems of the natural world. Initiated by an artist’s residency near Cape Horn, Chile in the Omora Ethnobotanical Preserve, this piece presents questions about how and why we measure the world anthropomorphically. By categorizing what we see do we make sense of it? By capturing a likeness do we contain its meaning? By measuring its physical qualities do we control anything about them? What is the effect of our human shadow on the last vestiges of wilderness?
“Frequency & Amplitude” uses several indicators of this measurement system, from the “foot” or “hand” to drawn graphs and wave forms. It layers abstract textures of vast sky, water, rock with the human shadows that affect them. Animated pebbles accrue by color on the coast; a random abacus, a desire for order. A graph by physicist Tom Giblin spans sea and space, marking the expansion of the universe. These images exhibit a variety of waves as observed and analyzed. The sound is developed through variations on the main composition by Eric des Four in Scene 5.
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photos by Tony Walsh