10.03.2017

Acoustic sculptures on the theme of BESSY-VSR

Sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma is working on a project inspired by the expansion project BESSY-VSR (Photo: M. Setzpfand/HZB).

Sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma is working on a project inspired by the expansion project BESSY-VSR (Photo: M. Setzpfand/HZB).

Icosahedral speakers set up in the experimental hall of BESSY II (Photo: M. Setzpfand/HZB).

Icosahedral speakers set up in the experimental hall of BESSY II (Photo: M. Setzpfand/HZB).

The sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma is working on a project inspired by the expansion project BESSY-VSR at HZB. Gerriet K. Sharma is realising the sculpture of acoustic phenomena using icosahedral speakers and a beam-forming application. The technology is provided by the company Sonible and now Sonible has produced a video about this project, which is now available on the internet.

In this video, the artist and the participating HZB staff members give insights into the conception and their personal motivation for this project in which art meets science. Physicists from HZB want to use BESSY-VSR to expand the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II into a variable pulse-length storage ring, which can produce both short and long light pulses for the experiments.

Sharma has made this physical concept come true for his acoustic design and creates a new, spatial listening experience. The intersection of art and science is obvious in this case. Both sources work with oscillations, frequencies, amplitudes, and superpositions - only in different media.

The artist

Gerriet K. Sharma, an acoustic artist and composer lives in Cologne and Graz. He studied media art at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and composition & computer music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. He is currently writing his dissertation "Composition Using Plastic Sound Phenomena in Computer Music” at the renowned Artistic Doctoral School in Graz. He has received various awards including the German Soundart Award.

More information:

About the project
The artist
The video on youtube
The variable pulse-length storage ring BESSY-VSR