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Plastique Fantastique exhibit: color that you can hear

Out There | December 8, 2014 | By:

What if you could hear color and translate the variety of hues and shades around you into sounds as well? An exhibit called Sound of Light is the joint project of Marco Barotti and Plastique Fantastique for Urban Lights Ruhr 2014 in Hamm, Germany, and it has accomplished just that.

Conceptualized as a synesthetic sculpture, it interprets and transforms sunlight into audio frequencies. A high-quality digital camera mounted on the top of the structure films the sky and divides it into six parts, the RGB and CMY color spectrums. The six corresponding columns, which stand for the primary (red, green, and blue) and secondary (cyan, magenta, yellow) color models, are designed to receive different oscillations and convert them from visible to audible sensory inputs. Woofers are attached to the bottom of each suspended inflatable, converting the whole exhibit into a giant vibrating loudspeaker.

Plastique Fantastique describes it as “a composition of hue, saturation, and light. By mixing sound and architecture, the audience experiences a unique oneiric reality through the superimposition of colors, shapes, sounds and vibrations. Visitors can also discover their own concert by changing their point of view—an individual spectrum.”

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