Black Hole Horizon

THU September 8, 2016 - MON September 12, 2016, 10AM - 7:30 PM
Thom Kubli Alchemists Exhibition Festival 2016Credit: Credit: Thom Kubli

Thom Kubli

What is the relationship between oscillating air, black holes and soap bubbles? What effect does the sound of horns have on the human psyche and why is it present in various creation myths? What impact does gravity have on our collective consciousness? Where do spectacle and contemplation meet? Black Hole Horizon by Thom Kubli is a meditation on a spectacular machine that transforms sound into three-dimensional objects and keeps the space in a steady state of transformation.

The nucleus of the installation is the invention of an apparatus resembling a ship’s horn. As each note sounds, a huge soap bubble emerges from the horn. It grows while the note sounds, peels off the horn, lingers in the exhibition space and finally bursts at a random position within the room.

The complete installation comprises three horns varying in size and shape according to their individual pitch and timbre. Visitors can walk through the room witnessing the transformation of sound into ephemeral sculptures, which last only for seconds before their material remains are deposited on the walls and floor.


Mechatronik: David Jaschik

CAD-Layouts: Zackery Belanger

realized with the support of EMPAC, Troy/New York