Avatar and Mois Multi 2023 are proud to present Marc Vilanova’s Cascade.
Waterfalls are the only continuous natural source of infrasound on our planet. Large waterfalls create powerful infrasound frequencies that can travel up to 400 km from the source.
Recent studies show how these frequencies are used for avian navigation. Some birds have an exceptional ability to detect infrasound, which become their sensory basis for long-distance migrations. In recent years, navigation failures have been detected due to anthropogenic noise from industrial and urban sources of infrasound frequencies – nature could not get through.
In Cascade, infrasound recordings from large waterfalls will activate 150 speakers; each will transmit the imperceptible frequency into a luminescent optical fiber. The sound waves will resonate in the fiber strings, producing a luminous visual feedback.
Presented for the first time at this year’s Mois Multi, the immersive installation will utilize the architecture of the chosen venue, creating a curtain of sound waves adaptable to the needs of the room. The audience is invited to walk through the lightfall, touch and feel the vibration of the material, and become part of the artwork.
This work was realised in part within the framework from the European Media Art Platform residency program at Gnration with support of the Creative Europe Culture Programme of the European Union and the Fundació Ramon Llull.
Cascade is co-produced by Avatar
Mois Multi 2023
February 1- 19, 2023
Opening : February 1st, 7 pm – vernissage
100 Quai Saint-André
Québec, QC G1K 3Y2
Marc Vilanova (1991) is a sound and visual artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Vilanova’s artistic production has always been led by a spirit of innovation fueled by an interest in new media. Merging research and artistic practices onto projects in which concepts such audio visuality, automation, machine self-expression, AI and superintelligence and the socio- political implications regarding society’s relationship with technology are explored.
Currently, he creates audiovisual installations while also working with performance and interdisciplinary collaborations with dance, theatre, and moving images. His pieces have been presented in festivals around the world in Japan, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Iran, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia and many countries in Europe.