David Fried «Self Organizing Still Life Venice» 2002.
interacting with the sounds of Venice, 2002
Futura Film Prize Düsseldorf winner.
The Acronym S.O.S implies communication within the trust of an interdependent social system. Fried has chosen SOS - Self Organizing Still Life, as the working title for his ongoing series of sound-stimulated interactive sculptures, which premiered at Art Berlin in 1998.
Fried is able to give an individual character to each of the solid hand-made spheres, allowing them to respond and behave differently to live sound, though the artist is able to give each entire SOS a particular overall tendency of choreographic response. Like two people would dance differently to the same music, the spheres interact in a unique and live choreography directly initiated by its environment. When an acoustic signal is no longer detected, the spheres come to rest in ever-different constellations. (Still-Life)
Piazza San Marco, Venice.
As we simultaneously influence and trace the movements of the spheres, our attention becomes increasingly focused on the non-linear dynamic relationships that unfold between them, effectively shifting the emphasis away from the individual objects themselves towards a highly subjective glimpse of the bigger picture.
Creating a complex live visual experience, Fried‘s interactive sculptures are compelling by their symbolically provocative simplicity, as the viewer is moved to forge perspectives on relationships, life and the universe of thought.