01/07/2017 - 30/07/2017

Friday 30. June 2017 04:30

Tipping Point (2014) Kathy Hinde


Sunday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 4:00 pm:

Art mediators from the Kunstmeile Krems provide a guided tour through the two current sound installations, the Minorite Church, and the historical monastery. Meeting point: Klangraum Krems Minorite Church.

Water and how we use this vital resource is the topic of the audiovisual installation “Tipping Point” by British artist Kathy Hinde. Like many of her interdisciplinary works, here she also devises a metaphor for the fragile balance between nature and technology. The sophisticated combination of glass, water, audio feedback, and a special lighting design makes this kinetic installation appear like a wonderful new musical instrument, whose sound is reminiscent of a glass harmonica. Twelve glass tubes filled with water are arranged in pairs and connected to one another. When one glass fills up, the other empties in a constant balance of water. A specially designed computer software controls feedback that is induced in the tubes. The shifting water level determines both the tonal pitch and the brightness of the light. Sometimes all of the glass tubes sound at the same time, creating a multilayered choral soundscape; and then, in turn, there are just solos or duets with mysterious, lamenting tone sequences.

“Tipping Point” was developed in Cove Park in the framework of a Cryptic Spring Residency in 2014. It was made in collaboration with John Rowden and the Scientific Glass Workshop of the School of Physics at the University of Bristol with a software designed by Matthew Olden.

© Kathy Hinde

© Kathy Hinde