At the Resonance show for Fringe Arts Bath 2014 Tanya Harris facilitated a live interactive experience of resonance which aimed to provoke new insights into the subtle vibrations through which all life manifests.
Nothing is really solid; the molecules within matter are constantly vibrating at a particular frequency. We think that we are flesh and bone when we are actually a combination of electromagnetic signals. Everybody is emitting their own frequency and absorbing frequencies around them.
Resonance describes how frequencies communicate and harmonise with each other. The resonant frequencies of a space sonically describe the accumulation of frequencies present in it: the walls, the furniture, the materials that make up the space, as well as each person who enters the space.
Inspired by a technique discovered by Alvin Lucier, Tanya Harris will record the exhibition space. This recording will be played back into the space while re-recording it, the process being repeated over and over again, building up a feedback loop.
Initially, footsteps will become audible, and fragments of conversation will re-enter the space. As these recordings proceed, sound becomes distorted; a distinctive cough re-emerges as an eerie echo. Eventually these recordings amplify certain frequencies of the space, articulated by speech and movement; words become unintelligible, replaced by the pure resonant frequencies of the space.
Everything is a Result of Frequency