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Noon Tran & Hannah Mjølsnes: Road River Gust

September 18, 2016 - September 24, 2016

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After driving for hundreds of miles,

past mountains, cliffs, boulders, and gravel

dust, you will find a field of white dunes surrounded by blue mountains.

Currents of wind move through this landscape, continuously shaping and rearranging it. When lakes and rivers dried out due to climate changes, the wind swept up the exposed bottom sediment of dry sand. The sand brushed against cliffs and rocks, before piling up at the foot of a mountain ridge that barricaded it from traveling further with the winds. For the past 2,500 years or more, fine grains of golden quartz and feldspar have accumulated into 600 feet tall dunes.

Your feet sink into the side of the dune and soften the sound of your steps, but as thousands of small rocks begin cascading down, you can hear them reverberating around you. You leave clear imprints in the surface but as you look back at your tracks they have already been smoothed over by the wind and are almost gone. The booming echoes fade back into complete silence.

Throughout our work with the site, a migration of materials occurs. Ceramic sculptures are taken to the site and field recordings are brought back. The materials break apart before coming together in a new form. The site is compressed by the act of recording it, and reassembled in the gallery. The recordings are altered through digital processes that mirror the natural process of erosion.

Audio recordings are adapted using granular synthesis: a method by which sounds are broken into tiny grains, smaller samples of sounds are then redistributed and reorganized to form other sounds.

The soundscape is a five-channel sound piece that is experienced differently according to your position in the space. Individual sound recordings from ceramic vessels set up an acousmonium of collected recordings.

The video component of the installation uses software that employs an optical flow algorithm to read the motion of the sand. This data is subsequently fed into a video feedback system that resynthesizes the footage.

ƨɘnƨloႱM ʜɒnnɒH bnɒ nɒɿT nooИ         ƚƨuᎮ bɒoЯ ɿɘviЯ

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ɘno ɘʜƚ ƨuƨɿɘv ,ʞooƚ ɘw ƚʜǫuoʜƚ ɘw ʜƚɒq ɘʜƚ
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.ɘɔnɘƚƨixɘ ɿuo ƚɿoʇmoɔ oƚ ǫniʜƚynɒ ,ʜƨɒɿƚ

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bɘiʇƨiƚɒƧ .ɿɘʜƚɿuʇ nɘvɘ ɘƚiƨ ɘʜƚ ƚidɒʜni bnɒ
ɘƨoqoɿq ɘw ,ƨɘnub ɘʜƚ ʇo ǫniʞɿɒm ɿuo ʜƚiw
wɘn ƚɿoqmi bnɒ ɘƚiƨ ɘʜƚ moɿʇ ƨlɒiɿɘƚɒm ƚɿoqxɘ oƚ
ƨɘɿuƚqluɔƨ ɔimɒɿɘɔ ǫniǫniɿd ɘniǫɒmi ɘW .ƚi oƚ ƨɘno
ɿoʇ quɘʞɒm oƚ ǫniɿɘʇʇo nɒ :ɘǫnɒʜɔxɘ nɒ ƨ’ƚI .ɘɿɘʜƚ
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ɘɘɿǫɒ ƨu ʇo llɒ ƚoИ .ƨlivɘb yɘnoƚƨ ɘʜƚ ǫnidɿuƚƨib
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ɘvɘiʜɔɒ bnɒ mɘƚƨyƨ oibuɒ ɘƚɒɿodɒlɘ nɒ ƚɔuɿƚƨnoɔ ɘW
,”ǫninɘƚƨil ɘɿuq oƚ bɘƚovɘb ɒiqoƚu wɘn“ ɿɘwɘn ɒ
’muinomƨuoɔɒ‘ ƨ’ɘlyɒᙠ yd bɘnoiƨivnɘ ƨɒ
ƨǫnibɿoɔɘɿ ɿɘʜƚɘǫoƚ ǫniɿd lliw ɘW .ƨbnuoƨ ʇo
ylƚnɘɿɘʇʇib bɿɒɘʜ ɘɿɒ ƚɒʜƚ ƨlɘƨƨɘv ɔimɒɿɘɔ moɿʇ
ɿɒlunɒɿǫ ǫniƨU .ɘɔɒqƨ ni noiƚɒɔol ɿuo oƚ ǫnibɿoɔɔɒ
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.bnuoƨ ʇo ƨɘlqmɒƨ ɿɘllɒmƨ ɘɿuǫiʇnoɔɘɿ lliw ɘw
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ɘƨnɘƨ ƚɒʜƚ ƨmʜƚiɿoǫlɒ wolʇ lɒɔiƚqo ɘƨu ɘW
.ƨɘʞɒm ƚi ɘƨion ɘʜƚ bnɒ bnɒƨ ɘʜƚ ʇo noiƚom ɘʜƚ 

ʜǫuoɿʜƚ noiƨiv ɿuo ǫniɘɘƨ ɿɘƚʇA
,nɒlq bnɒɿǫ ɿuo oƚ ƨɘnub ɘʜƚ ǫniƚɔɘႱduƨ bnɒ
.ƨɘnub ɘʜƚ ʇo ƨɘiɿɘƚƨym ɘʜƚ bɘʞɔɒɿɔ ɘvɒʜ lliw ɘw 

oƚ ǫnivom ɘd bluow ɘw ƨA
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ɘmoƨ ƚƨɒɘl ƚɒ ɿo( ɘɔɒqƨ yɿɘllɒǫ ɿuo ni ƨɘnub ɘʜƚ ʇo
ɘnoɘmoƨ liƚnu ,ɘmiƚ ɘmoƨ ɿoʇ )ƨlivɘb yɘnoƚƨ ƨƚi ʇo
mɿɘƚ-ǫnol ɒ bɘɘn ƚʜǫim ɘw ,ɿɘƚɒ⅃ .ƨniɒlqmoɔ
ǫnizɘɘupƨ ɿo ƚinu ɘǫɒɿoƚƨ ɒ ǫniƚnɘɿ ɘdyɒm ,nɒlq
.yɿoƚƨ ɿɘʜƚonɒ ƨi ƨiʜƚ ƚuᙠ .ƨɘxod bɿɒodbɿɒɔ ɘbiƨni ƚi

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bnɒƨ ɘʜƚ ǫniʞɿɒm ,ƨɘnub ɘʜƚ ʜǫuoɿʜƚ ǫniʞlɒw ɘɿɒ
.ʞɔɒd bɘʞool ƚ’nɘvɒʜ lliƚƨ ɘw ,ƨƚniɿqƚooʇ ɿuo ʜƚiw
ƨƚɿoʇʇɘ ɿuo ƚɒʜƚ nwonʞ ɘvɒʜ bluow ɘw ,bɒʜ ɘw ʇI

.ɘɘɿʇ ƚɘƨ nɘɘd ǫnol ɘvɒʜ ƨɘnub ɘʜƚ :niɒv ni ɘɿɒ

 

Noon Tran and Hannah Mjolsnes

Contributors: Daniel Hynds, Michael Leisz, Chenhui Mao, Sara Gomez
Opening Sunday, September 18th 7 – 9pm performance at 8:30pm
Gallery hours everyday: 2 – 8pm

Start:
September 18, 2016
End:
September 24, 2016
Human Resources LA
410 Cottage Home
Los Angeles, 90012