Displacing Vibrations is a multi-media exhibition by artist Wendy Wischer, in collaboration with geophysicist Jeffrey Moore that includes 2D and 3D works inspired by an interest in creating a unique experience that shifts the perceptions of the culturally rich and iconic red rock arches in ways that unveil connections with our surroundings, specifically, the unique landscape of southern Utah and the controversial issues around ownership, stewardship and National Treasure. Using amplified and sped up recorded vibrational data, these sound vibrations became sound sculptures played through high tech sound systems, making the inaudible, audible. This multi-media installation holds the potential to create a memory of the arches as dynamic, lively features, constantly in motion and constantly evolving in response to forces from their surroundings. This collaboration with Geology and Geophysicist Jeffrey Moore focuses on monitoring the dynamic behavior of natural rock arches in Utah. His goal is to ultimately provide a means to distinguish elastic and inelastic rock behavior using ambient vibration measurements, in order to evaluate changing structural health of revered natural landforms with high cultural value. Through my creative research, I focus and highlight environmental issues, translating data into personal meaning and creating artwork that moves the viewer in poetic ways. I use a wide range of information that can be used creatively to link nature with technology, science with mythology, and personal identity with universal connections, in hopes of finding impactful ways to connect people more deeply with the environments they live in and with each other.
Between January 2018 and April 2019
|University of Utah|
Interdisciplinary Art + Science Collaboration Sound Art Multi Media Geology
Installation Art New Media Structural Dynamics Seismology Rock Mechanics Geology Geophysics
This exhibition was generously funded by the College of Fine Arts Faculty Research Grant, the University of Utah. Moore’s team is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.