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Cubic Second (2006)


Audio-visual installation, solo exhibition at Hordaland kunstsenter.

Physics throw me off: A line multiplied by a line is a plane. A plane multiplied by a line becomes volume. I can almost grasp the idea of velocity being derived from location in space. But acceleration implies time multiplied by itself. What does a square second feel like? And what is the volume of sound? A cubic second?


Trond Lossius ยท Cubic Second (2006)


16 channels of audio, horizontal video back projection, video on 3 horizontal LCD screens, in a black room



Cubic Second explored the gallery space as venue for a focused audio-visual experience. Paint, textiles and carpets were used to turn the space completely dark. 16 loudspeakers mounted on the walls, hidden behind black semi-transparent textiles, surrounded the inner of the room, enabling the audience to be embedded in rich spatial textures. The resulting space bore a certain resemblance of the black box, the blacked-out venues of acousmatic music or the immersive installation spaces created by e.g. James Turrell, LaMonte Young and Brian Eno.


A video back projection formed a large horizontal plane of slowly drifting abstract colors. Further into the space abstract video on three horisontal LCD screens formed another visual focus point. The visual material was composed from color mappings, interpolations and layering of abstract visual noise.


The soundscape was composed from a rich number of sound sources, debris from a number of projects over the last three years. Sound was further processed and abstracted, and combined into an algorithmic multi-layered composition cycling through a number of states, each with a high degree of generative freedom.


Sound and video were generated in real time using Max/MSP/Jitter and Jamoma, running on five networked Macs.

Cubic Second was the final artistic work carried out within the framework of a three-year research fellowship in the arts at Bergen National Academy of the Arts.

Supported by:

Bergen National Academy of the Arts
BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts