Touching the Rumble of Melting | 觸摸融化的喧囂

“When the glaciers begin to melt the earth trembles at the gushing vehemence of engorged rivers. Water is thrashed out of the ocean and thrown in the air, whole fields of water are blown out of lakes.”

by Roni Horn

 

“Touching the Rumble of Melting” 16mm film installation reflects on my journey to the Arctic Circle where I experienced heart-pounding emotions when a seemingly serene Arctic landscape collapsed, abruptly. The iceberg images I had taken were collaged onto the soundtrack of 16mm film.

After the “optical soundtrack” of the film projector transforms the iceberg images into audio, the sound is again converted into vibration frequency by the tactile speakers. The speakers are attached to an aluminum plate and produce rumbling sounds and vibrations in response to the iceberg images. As the whole film installation moves with the smallest of stimuli, this reflects how the global environment intertwines with the fragile polar landscape.

In addition, the collage on the soundtrack also includes the iceberg image from the French silent fantasy film “The Conquest of the Pole ” directed by Georges Méliès (1912) which was made during the period of the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration. The vibration frequency from the installation juxtaposing early fictional imagination and the modern polar expedition echoes over 100 years of human intervention in the polar region.

 

 

2017年10月於北極駐村的過程中,看似寂靜的極地風景突然融化崩解時,我的內心受到了強烈的撼動。彷彿在眼前崩毀的,不只是千億年積雪壓縮成的冰川,也是我對極地地區無瑕的想像。將拍攝到的冰山影像,拼貼在16毫米膠卷透明片中,約2.5毫米高的聲音軌道上。膠卷投影機光學聲軌讀取音頻後,安裝在鋁板上的觸覺傳感器也將微小冰山影像轉換成隨之變化的震動頻率,間接產生鋁板晃動時的強烈聲響,呈現牽一髮即動全身的脆弱極地環境。

另外,拼貼的影像裡也包含了1912年,由喬治·梅里愛(Georges Méliès)執導的無聲科幻電影《北極征服記》(The Conquest of the Pole)裡的冰山道具,此片創作於極地探險英雄時代(Heroic Age of Polar Exploration),參雜著虛構和真實冰山的裝置震動頻率,是過去超過100年期間,人類在極地區域的探險活動的迴盪聲響。

Work Info

  • Title: Touching the Rumble of Melting
  • Year: 2022
  • Medium: 16mm film leader, 16mm film projector, sound mixer, tactile speakers, photo prints, aluminum sheet.
  • Dimensions: Size variable

作品說明

  • 作品名稱:在顫動中融化
  • 年份:2022
  • 材質:16毫米透明膠片、 16毫米投影機、混音器、觸覺傳感器、鋁板
  • 尺寸:尺寸依場地而定