Emblems of Ascension
"Emblems of Ascension" is a premiere of a multi-screen generative image and sound installation by the intermedia artist collaborative, NoiseFold (Cory Metcalf and David Stout). The project explores the interplay between inertia, noise and force of attraction within the digital simulation of spinning particle fields. The artists have engaged in an ongoing expedition through these virtual fields to discover latent images, sounds and musical potentials that give rise to often arcane and archetypal emblematic forms. The work consists of large-scale immersive projections that simulate an array of macrocosmic and microcosmic forces. The real-time particle animations simultaneously generate a synchronous multi-channel surround sound environment providing a contemplative space for the viewer-participant to experience the materialization and dematerialization of emergent audio-visual forms. This continuum of iconic yet ephemeral images oscillates between states of growth and decay, at times suggesting dynamic cellular evolution, accumulated sedimentary geographies, spinning nebula, and celestial maps evoking the fragmentary recollection of lost artifacts, languages and architectures.