Kidnapping Water

Computer-controlled light and sound installation, 2008

18″h x 72″w x 72″d
Wood, salt, steel wire, LEDs, four-channel sound system, electronics, computer, custom software.


Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas is a study on the movement of water using four-channel acoustic recordings and 104 LED lights. Miniature spotlights produce animated light patterns, illuminating a circular reef of salt that appears to float in the darkened gallery.

The installation was produced in collaboration with composer Byron Au Yong and a team of 8 librettists, 4 singers, and 4 percussionists.

View photos documenting design and construction.






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