The Canvas of Resonance is an audio visual installation inspired by the pre-digital age. Foley sound is the manipulation of materials to reproduce sound effects for cinema, TV and radio. Similar to the concept of found sounds or field recordings, the technique uses diverse materials and methods with the intention of adding auditory elements to their visual counterparts or compositions. The Foley technique Is still admired by artists today and was used to create some of the soundtrack in Guy Maddin’s recent feature, The Forbidden Room, as tribute to analogue cinema.
The Canvas of Resonance is constructed via suspended sheets with rotary motors tease the surface enough to reproduce what initially sounds like distant rumbling. The focus of much of Kenny’s work involves conveying a dialogue between analogue and digital mediums – in particular the physical space which analogue occupies. The resulting sound is formidable yet sporadic; allowing the imperfection and spontaneity of analogue to thrive without digital intervention.
Kenny also attempts to marry art and the scientific with the idea that we can sync with our subconscious ‘Alpha Waves’ throughdifferent resonating frequencies. These alternating oscillations are accompanied by flickering lights that add a further visual dimension but my attention was consistently drawn toward the blur of the motors and the transparency of their function within the overall piece.
The effect is amniotic; there’s a great sense of presence and atmosphere that’s reminiscent of a dreamlike state – primal, echoing and imperfect.I found the whole experience tremendously relaxing and could easily have curled into a foetal position and allowed the vibrations to swallow me. If you’re having a stressful day then I definitely suggest you pop in for a chance to unwind.
The Canvas of Resonance is on show everyday in the Cube Gallery until the 20th of February.