This iteration of School of Fish was installed at Pancake House in December 2019 during In Situ: a series of performances, installations, and talks exploring the boundaries of sound and music—featuring local and national artists interested in experimental, conceptual, and unorthodox approaches to sound and its interrelation to time and space. The activities were presented by NADA and co-facilitated by Michael Masaru Flora, Christian Langheinrich, and Pancake House.
School of Fish
There is value in exploring proprioception; in gaining an awareness of our bodies’ relation to its spatial surroundings, particularly in regards to the vibrations, latent frequencies, and invisible sonic elements of space. Resonating sound waves are capable of touching the entire body, resulting in unique, internalized experiences that facilitate self-reflection. School of Fish is an interactive sound installation that was developed in response to these notions. Within the School of Fish environment, people can learn together how sound acts in unpremeditated contexts, experiencing the free coalescence of form.
Together with my friend and collaborator, Jaak Jensen, we designed a multi-channel array of sonar sensors and loudspeakers that responds to individuals’ movement. The technology allowed us to map a room with multiple sonar sensors, so that depending upon how/where a person moved in the space, they produed varying audible results.
School of Fish decontextualizes and complicates traditional notions of music pedagogy and performance. It emphasizes the ways in which play and natural movement can contribute to music-making and rejects the idea that musicians and composers must possess formal musical backgrounds.