Raster – Schwellen
This monumental site-specific installation will take over the Electricity Factory every hour. A grid of 16 cables of more than 20 meters high, white controlled neon tubes and a three-dimensional sound system will amplify the spatial aspects of the space.
A schwelle (engl. = threshold, psych.) is a limit below which a stimulus causes no reaction. For each natural, periodic phenomenon, a frequency can be specified. The change of day and night, for example, takes place with a frequency of 1/24 hours = 10-5 Hz. The sound waves perceptible by the human ear range from 16 to 20,000 Hz. Light waves perceptible by the human eye range from 400 to 750 THz.
Starting from these thresholds of human perception, this installation examines the relations between these individual phenomena. A grid of 16 light lines of more than 20 metres high – which number refers to the hearing threshold of human hearing – is manipulated by a multi-channel composition in its light intensity.
The sound moves simultaneously on a vertical and horizontal axis; it is represented by the light in its dynamic distribution in space as well as in its energy content. The combination of temporal, auditory and visual structure creates an immersive experience for the visitor and interacts with the architecture of the space.
Raster-Media is a Berlin-based multimedia organisation and one of the brainchildren of Olaf Bender, aka Byetone.
“Every beginning is cheerful, the threshold is the place of expectation.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Raster Schwellen was specially designed for the Electriciteitsfabriek in Den Haag on the occasion of TodaysArt Festival 2019.
Idea, realization: raster artistic platform; Grischa Lichtenberger, Kyoka Matsuzawa, Olaf Bender, Benjamin Miller, Holger Eichhorn