This exhibition consists of a two, three, fourth, and fifth-dimensional light-based interactive installation, a multi-sensory video-sound installation, and photography produced by the intersection of sunlight, sound and matter. The result is the artist’s endeavor to fuse the visual, auditory and tactile senses into one unique experience in order to expand the limits of perception, and create an immersive, and visceral encounter while presenting an alternate map of the universe.
Cartography is difficult for both the maker of the map, and the lost soul that clings to its edges. Sasha vom Dorp uses his experience of life, his arrogance, and ignorance, to make a map of the universe. However, his map is not a map like the ones we are used to —one in which objects are represented solely in their spatial relationship to other objects. Rather, it is a map that uses a minute to represent the infinite: a map that seeks to represent change through time using sound, light, matter, and that matter’s relative density. Vom Dorp states, “I am interestedin expanding the limits of my own perception, so I make these things.” These photographs taken in natural sunlight, are of soundwaves made visible through the medium of water. Each photo represented here is of the same sound generated at 15.15 Hz. While not intentional, it is not an accident that they all share a certain eroticism. This is what 15.15 Hz looks like as it moves through water, and also through time. While the transactions photographed had all their infinite possibilities reduced to one by the artist’s own intervention, it is his intention that the dynamism that gives birth to the images has an echo within them. Some of vom Dorp’s work represents the threedimensional world, in a two-dimensional format, while some explore the fourth-, utilizing video and video projection, and even the fifth-, the slipperiest dimension, with the use of interactive technology. While the artist can have no control over the viewer’s experience of time, a video of water falling from an overflowing rain gutter is meant to comment on, and perhaps even influence that perception. The sound of that same rain is slowed down, expanded, and then delivered to the viewer in an unexpected way. This allows the viewer to peek at the fungible nature of time. Even if the view is intermittent, and something which our rational minds buck against, vom Dorp can, even if just for a length of a single breath, expose the “clock’s lie” and its tyrannical “tick-tock” —which is nothing less than the sound of our own impending deaths marching closer. To end, he states, “Because there is no possibility of living forever, I wish to tear off a piece of it. I slow down time long enough to experience life’s wonder even if it is just as we look at something as common as water spilling over the edge of a rain gutter.”
Sasha Raphael vom Dorp has been exhibiting his work since 1992. A practice that began with painting in oils has evolved into creating kinetic sculpture, photography and interactive multimedia installations. His current work employs a machine that he’s created allowing him see sound waves as they interact with sunlight and matter. His work has been featured on PBS and published in the New York Times. Having lived in Sweden, Mexico, Taiwan, the Philippines and Los Angeles, he’s returned home to Taos where he works and lives with his wife and four children.
Please check out more of his work here.