Kaléidoscope II

cristallisation

Jean-Pierre Aubé draws inspiration from Expo 67’s Kaleidoscope pavilion, which was sponsored by six Canadian chemical companies. The pavilion was designed by Morley Markson, who created a dynamic psychedelic experience of colour and experimental music as visitors walked through three film projections refracted by multiple mirrors. Aubé’s installation consists of short videos that show the time-lapse crystallization of chemicals purchased through the deep web. Adopting a scientific method, Aubé modified a microscope and used polarized lighting to reveal colour within the crystals, making their internal structures and materiality visible. Each of the short videos is then analyzed in real time using a facial recognition algorithm and relayed to a network of analogue synthesizers. The original soundtrack for Kaleidoscope was by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, known for having coined the term “soundscape”; Aubé, for this work, has modified a track from Voïvod’s Killing Technology album of 1987, referencing the dystopian avant-garde music of thrash metal.

Kaléidoscope II

Kaléidoscope II, 2017

Kaléidoscope II

Kaléidoscope II, 2017

Kaléidoscope II

Kaléidoscope II, 2017

Kaléidoscope II

Kaléidoscope II, 2017

Kaléidoscope II

Kaléidoscope II, 2017

Kaléidoscope II

Kaléidoscope II, 2017