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Rotor by VOLNA

credits Concept, production and video: VOLNA
Music and sound design: Sergey Kostyrko
Electronics assembly: Alexey Belyakov
Camera/photo: Polina Korotaeva, VOLNA
Special thanks: Artem Zotikov, Viktor Smolenskiy, William Cohen
Project commissioned by Roots United for Present Perfect Festival 2018
© VOLNA (2018)
http://www.volna-media.com/projects/rotor

The audiovisual installation "Rotor" was inspired by the idea of a time machine. While our creation does not transport people to the past or the future, it does something nearly as impossible in the information age: It helps viewers stay in and more fully experience the present moment, embedding them in a kind of permanent present, by watching the imaginary rotation of a light cylinder. Its shape is inspired by the so called Tipler cylinder time-machine concept, which is based on the assumption that an infinitely long cylindrical material volume rotating along its longitudinal axis could create certain space and time warps, making time travel possible.

“Rotor” audiovisual installation by VOLNA

The installation consists of 72 RGB laser modules mounted on a cylindrical steel frame with a diameter of 2.4 meters. Continuous high-speed animations from an array of colored laser beams create a sense of spinning matter, while a series of animation patterns generate a stroboscopic effect simulating the cylinder's rotation. To some viewers it may seem as if its “rotation” is slower or that it even moves in the opposite direction than in reality, as if they were seeing an actual Tipler cylinder. The sound and animation are played in sync, creating a colorful noise ambience that makes the viewer feel as if one second has been stretched out and wrapped around them like a blanket.

“Rotor” audiovisual installation by VOLNA

The light animation was prepared in a close interaction with sonic artwork that simulates rotation and the flow of energy through low-frequency rhythmic patterns mixed with high-frequency humming. As a programming environment for sound design, a modular synthesizer synchronized with the lasers’ programming via midi-to-cv interface. This combination of light animations, audible sounds and inaudible vibrations can be felt throughout the body and mind, creating a trance-like sensation of being isolated from the passage of time.

“Rotor” audiovisual installation by VOLNA
“Rotor” audiovisual installation by VOLNA

More info:
http://www.volna-media.com/projects/rotor
https://www.facebook.com/vvvvolna

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~5h ago

domj: Here's the Schéma presentation from yesterday's meetup: https://youtu.be/_oqonrkE3xU

~1d ago

joreg: @guest am afraid we can't manage this. if someone wants to take this on, let us know..

~2d ago

guest: @joreg, please stream :-)

~2d ago

joreg: reminder: tonight: #vvvv meetup in #berlin: 9-berlin-vvvv-meetup

~2d ago

manuel: @dawoof nope. just the mosaic option.

~5d ago

dawoof: Did u use the NVAPI to do the warping and other functions?

~6d ago

manuel: @dawoof I did. Just some tests. with the sync card you get no tearing thats great.

~6d ago

dawoof: has anyone used nvidia MOSAIC and VVVV? (without vioso or automated callibration)

~6d ago

joreg: mystery surprise guest at #vvvv meetup number 9 in #berlin coming tuesday: 9-berlin-vvvv-meetup