CITAR Center for Science Technology in Art Porto Portugal A Sound, glass, bacteria and wine installation.
When you put your ear to the delicately sculpted glass ear you will hear the sound of beehives amplified. These beehives, insect networks pollinate the many varieties of grapes that are used to grow the Porto wine in Portugal. On occasion the sound of telephone networks and data networks and the beeps of satellites will add to the buzzing.
This sound and glass installation amplifies all forms of networks as they support and are related to the networks of wine producers that are at the center of commerce in the city of Porto, Portugal. The bacterial networks (yeast bacteria and Leuconostoc oenos bacteria) which support the wine fermentation are also made visible as are the sounds of bees, telephony and satellite networks, which support this world wide, wine distribution.
The sound in this installation comes from an MP3 player hooked up to amplified speakers, which are placed under the tables. Wine glasses arranged in a bee like shape sit on the table and are filled to different heights with blond and rough Porto wines to further define the shape of a bee, also filling the room with the sweet smell of port wine.
During the opening visitors are invited to sample and drink the wine, while listening from the earpiece, while the bee networks buzz and the telephonic networks beep and the satellite networks autonomously vibrate with human and machinic activity. Our own digestive systems become part of this network as the ingesting of this wine influence and further extend our social networks.
Production of the Glass involved making a 3D model of what I was looking for.
I was lucky to have Carly Simon as my glass blower and she took on the difficulty challenge.
CITAR (CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE ARTS) PORTUGUESE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY Porto, Portugal Oct 29 – Nov 1 2007
Worldwide premiere of Buzz an installation concerned with bees and wine production digital networks. Keynote address on Generative Art for Olhares de Outono invited by Luis Teixeira.
Sound mixing and electronics Ken Rinaldo
The glass was produced this last June at Pilchuck in Seattle Washington under my direction, with Artist Joe Cariati and Carlyn Ray doing the glass blowing and hot glass sculpting.
Glasses filled with varieties of different color Porto wine to make shape of bee
Installation shot showing bee and glass ear to listen to sound work
Ken Rinaldo listening through glass ear
Participant listening through glass ear