Ron Kuivila - Sparks on Paper
  Year :   2005
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Open Ears Festival, Inspirations Dancewear | 44 Queen Street South in Kitchener

  Work Details  
  In Sparks on Paper, pairs of wires are used to distribute sparks throughout a space a foot or two above the heads of visitors. The power of these sparks is carefully limited to the level of carpet shock, so they are safe to touch and generate a minimal amount of ozone. Simple resonators made of paper are attached to the wires to create a sound field of subtly shifting timbres and overtone. A spark is a piece of electrical multimedia in its rawest form - a single impulse of light and sound. But the small sparks I work with are oddly allergic to representation in electronic media. Audio recordings do not capture the omindirectional diffusion of their sound,on video recordings the sparks look like drop out. I am particularly fond of this aspect of the project, it makes it a little oasis outside of the range of the mediascape but built out of its most basic parts. Sparks on Paper was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage in 2000. Accessed 06.01.2008 from