Copper Fever, 2021
Copper, wood, DIY analog synthesizers, Arduino, sensors, vibration speakers, amplifiers, mixer
“Copper Fever” is a sound installation that consists of sound sculptures made of copper and electronic devices that generate sound. In this work, I am combining prehistoric manual metalworking techniques with modern-day electronics. Electronic sounds are shaped by physical objects and the resonance of the metal shapes. Copper ore is formed from volcanic magma and is usually found in regions where there is some seismic activity. Being one of the best electrical conductors, copper is a treasure from deep Earth that has been feeding the growth of the modern economy. The metal that originates from the heart of the planet, is also the main metal that humans use for electrifying the planet today and keeping the heart of human civilization pumping.
Copper is the oldest metal that humans learned to use about 8000 years ago. Back then, early metallurgy used to be an activity imbued with magic and divine rituals, and Earth was considered to be a living creature. In today’s world, mining and usage of copper are mostly industrial and in the industrial world, there is no room for spiritual values. The sound of the installation is meditative and at the same time interactive, reacting to the proximity of the visitor who is moving through the room. And in the background there is the inaudible rhythm of human time vs deep geological time.
“Copper Fever” was first exhibited at the graduation show TASE 2021 at Estonian Academy of Arts, where it ireceived special mention from the jury of Young Artist Award 2021.