Whorl, 2010. Craig Fahner
Artscape Wychwood Barns - New Adventures in Sound Art
Craig Fahner - Calgary, Canada
Neal Moignard - Calgary, Canada
5 - Theatre Direct's Christie Studio
601 Christie Street
Whorl engages people of all ages and backgrounds in the shared and communal activity of making both
sound art and visual art with the simplest of gestures. It is both a magic sculpture, and a science centre
exhibit. The central object of the work is an aluminum table that virtually sings ragas in sine waves
and consumes fingerprints to change visual patterns.
Whorl, describing the figuration of a fingerprint, or a wheel or a spinning spindle, throws salt from
the centre like the Buddhist mandala, describing the world extending from the centre outward, from the
fingerprint and onwards.
Whorl serves to demonstrate the properties of resonant frequencies in a material using a particle
visualization. As sine waves match harmonics in the material, nodes of activity on the plate move the
sound into passive areas.
Craig Fahner & Neal Moignard are part of a research group that develops systems of interaction
encouraging kinesthetic perception and interpretation.