Pockets of Space (2018 DOWNIE KAISER)

Pockets of Space weaves us deeply inside the intricate interplay between our consciousness, computational systems, and our physical environment. Fusing 3D sound and image, the work grows, scurries, spasms, fractures, bends, and deforms.

Everywhere we look and hear, points and lines of light and sound form tangled networks that continually reshape themselves, sometimes gradually but at other times abruptly, as if the world itself has suddenly blinked. Some forms hover within tantalizing reach, while others appear to drift directly into and out of our heads. Sounds gather into larger masses, sometimes enveloping us, sometimes pushing straight through our bodies. Musical organisms scamper into noise and then invert into purer tones, before coalescing to reconfigure the dimensions of space.

The scale of what we’re experiencing is elusive: is it microscopic or a galactic? Sometimes it may look the like the nervous system of an unfamiliar life form, while at other times it may appear to slowly explode and then drift in outer space.

Underlying this immersive spectacle is the sense of code, of mediation, of decryption: we’re aware that all the things we see and hear — the unlikely geometries and eccentric physics of both sound and image — come to us from the world of numbers.

Yet at the same time we also sense the opposite: that these otherworldly computer visions are all somehow conjured up from close readings of the real world — a connection revealed when on reaching the end, we see the work materialize in reality.

In installation form, Pockets of Space combines high resolution 3D sound delivered over a 64-loudspeaker hemisphere with 3D projection. In VR, it matches interactive binaural 3D sound with immersive imagery generated in real-time.

Credits — Image and interaction: OpenEndedGroup; music: Natasha Barrett.