The kinetic audio-visual installation "Offset" analyzes the manipulation of the medium itself and the discrepancy between physical reality and visual perception.

Kinetic audio-visual installation

The term “offset” refers to a deterministic deviation from a normal state in an otherwise well-defined environment. Geometrically precise patterns are projected on an as even perceived object. Through a physical deformation of the object itself, these patterns additively change and transform into different states. Through the continuous manipulation of the medium itself, there is a discrepancy of what is actually there and what is only perceived visually.

For the audio-visual dramaturgy of the installation, the concept of an “offset” is interpreted in relation to the deviation, which is used for the theoretical representation of cosmic bend in time and space. The staging transforms itself visually from concrete defined forms to a delicate and interrelated grid towards dynamic, abstract contours. The soundscape presets this change with a progressive, dense start into an atmospheric broad scene and leads into a concrete and vibrant arrangement.

A stretchable fabric is moved by motors at different points along the Z-axis. The motors are perfectly synchronized to the sequence of the audio-visual dramaturgy. Viewed from the front, the real displacements are objectively perceived as distortions on a two-dimensional surface. When approaching the installation, the whole object will be understood as three-dimensional and the physically induced distortions get visible by the varying depths of the surface.

Additive induced visuals on the installation surface
Additive induced visuals on the installation surface
Varying depth of the surface following the audio-visual sequence
Varying depth of the surface following the audio-visual sequence

Production — KASUGA

December 2015