Project concept and artwork: Katharine Beaugié
Harpsichordist: Medea Bindwald
MI Arts Consultant and Applied Pure Project Manager: Balazs Szendroi
Music & Light Symbiosis | Piece no. 3
A proposal to curate an art exhibition of my photograms of water and natural phenomena combined with a music and light event at The Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, November 2019.
The Art Exhibition of Photograms
(New work will be developed for this project as well as digitally enlarging already existing artworks)
click on image below to see full scale image slideshow
How the Photograms are made
The Photograms are made by making a flash of light over light-sensitive photographic paper in a darkroom environment. The objects in the way, eg. the gold cube or my hands or water, refract/prevent the light from reaching the paper, so it remains white. The shadows therefore appear inverted; shadow remains white/grey and the light is seen as black.
Music & Light Event: Music | Maths | Water
Like in previous Music & Light Symbiotic events, there will be a music performance curated to entwine with the artwork and the environment. I propose a concert of music played by the international concert harpsichordist Medea Bindwald.
The concert will include pieces by the composer JS Bach. More music will be confirmed in due course. There may be music on the theme of water as well as by composers who are connected with Maths, like JS Bach.
The concert would take place in the lecture theatre L2. I am researching ways how to introduce a small pool of water to the space and to film the patterns and re-project them instantly over the whole area of the stage/whiteboards and Medea Bindewald playing the harpsichord.
Three examples of patterns off the water’s surface form Music & Light Symbiotic Event River Song, Oct 2018
Music & Maths
Music and maths have been integral to each other since Pythagoras, (570-493 BCE) the Greek philosopher and mathematician developed numeric ratios between notes and developed theories on how these affected the harmony of the music.
Pythagoras then went on to connect a possible mathematical relationship between music and the ‘heavenly bodies’; the Earth, the Moon, planets and fixed stars. He called this relationship “Music of the Spheres”.
Plato (427-348 BCE) was quoted of saying that music should not be judged by how much pleasure it gave, but whether it allowed harmony and order into the soul.
Links to articles connecting Maths (and Physics) with Music (and water)
Possible Music Choices for the MI Event
So the projected conclusion:
The entire music & light symbiotic experience with the huge black and white, close-up images of the direct shadows of natural phenomena combined with the sound of the harpsichord playing beatifically and rhythmically, with patterns of a similar natural phenomena of the reflection off water projected over the music player and instrument, will lull the Maths students, professors and visitors into a psychological and perhaps emotional space between logic and magic; where the profound patterns found in nature and disclosed during this event are free to be interpreted individually.