spatial practices

gleAM at art space Furhwerkswaage Cologne

gleAM – an ambisonic sound sculpture for a particle accelerator and an icosahedral loudspeaker.

gleAM is the result of a cooperation between physicists from the Department of Accelerator Physics at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and Gerriet K. Sharma.

The starting point for the two-year collaboration was a worldwide unique project in accelerator research. The Berlin electron storage ring BESSY II will be expanded into a variable pulse length storage ring (VSR). The upgrade will make long or short light pulses available at every measuring station. Physical phenomena such as interferences or beam control play an important role, some of which have analogies in acoustics. These analogies form basic motifs that can be experienced as acoustic sculptures in space with the help of synthetic sounds, recorded noises, physical effects and audible data sets.

Funding: ON – Neue Musik Köln supported by the City of Cologne, RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur, sonible, Graz

FUHRWERKSWAAGE Art space, Cologne, Germany