Franziska Windisch. On Random Walks

29 Jun 2017 – 10 Sep 2017

CENTRALE for Contemporary Art

Brussels, Belgium


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The On Random Walks installation deals with the phenomenon of nodes in vibrational granular chains.


And more specifically with how nodes contribute to the understanding of space and movement. In physics, these chains are used as a model to study the behaviour of objects such as DNA, RNA or polymer macromolecules that often intermingle.

A set of copper trays vibrates under the action of infrasound frequencies, diffused by woofers. The frequency unpredictably triggers the movement of each string of beads deposited on a tray, producing spontaneous formations of nodes of varying complexity and their simultaneous dissolution. By bouncing, the chains hardly touch the copper trays, creating a flood of pulses that modulates under the steps of the listeners and according to the changes of perspective.

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Franziska Windisch


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