Dataatadata: Everything and Nothing // Chris Klapper & Patrick Gallagher
Chris Klapper & Patrick Gallagher
Dataatadata: Everything and Nothing is an immersive sound installation that centers around a 30 day performance and the creation of an intricate, large scale mandala.
Building out the gallery to create an atmosphere of infinite space, the environment for this performance is the setting for the mandala. Set at the center of this 5000 sqf gallery, the work will go from process to completion to destruction all in the course of 30 days. The execution of this piece will be an arduous, elaborate and painstaking effort which will be performed for 10 to 14 hours per day, every day, for 30 days.
The sculpture will be made of finely ground marble in the tradition of ancient sand paintings using handmade tools. Unlike the sacred geometries used in ritual mandalas, the delicate and precise composition of Everything and Nothing will employ data from a particle collision to express time, knowledge, infintesamil space and the ephemeral nature of certainty.
The imagery of data as a compositional element is the thesis of this massive installation. Each day new sections will be created as Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher sculpt the musical score. From this, an immersive sound installation will form and evolve as the mandala begins to take shape.
Using a wide range of technologies including ceiling mounted cameras, short throw video projectors, interactive programing software and a multi-channel sound system, the mandala will be scanned and processed each day to relay the sound installation throughout the gallery. The progress and development of the mandala will be recorded and randomly performed throughout the month, highlighting variations of the composition.
The final performance will be hosted at the end of 30 days when the mandala has been completed. The musical composition will be scanned and then played in its entirety, culminating with the destruction of the work.
Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher, a married Brooklyn based duo, embarked on their first direct collaboration with their hugely successful installation, Symphony in D Minor, a self contained thunderstorm, which is now part of the permanent collection of Hydropolis Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. Their work is multimedia and multidimensional, their subject matter is driven by specific projects, environments and experiences. Overall, they look to explore new technologies and to use them to express immense ideas on a human scale; employing sound, sculpture, video, projection mapping, composites, digital new media and performance.
Over the past seven years, their collaboration has brought each of their strengths, personal expertise and vision together in a way that accelerates each project in to more ambitious territories. Their current collaborative series, Dataatadata (a play on Dadaism), concentrates on the conceptual theme of the beauty of raw information and the poetry of numbers. Chris and Patrick’s art has exhibited in NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Oklahoma, Spain, Italy and Poland. Their works have been written about around the globe, in Fast Company, The Atlantic, Designboom, Creators Project, TSpain: The New York Times Style Magazine and Wallpaper to name a few and they have received grants from The Brooklyn Arts Council and Black Rock Arts Foundation.
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