Limen. 2019

Sound/Light Installation

10m x 0,6m x 2m. 4 channel sound, 128 LED fluorescent lamps, dmx relays, wood, steel, polymethyl methacrylate, custom software.

Limen aims to unveil the invisible sounds of our everyday life. The piece works around the uorescent lamp, one of the most commune sources of light which also produces many tones above 20kHz. Using a special microphone we captured those ultrasounds and translated them into audible frequencies.

The composition uses only those invisible sounds produced by the lamps. This sonic material triggers a choreography of light composed by 128 uorescents which are displayed in the shape of their ultrasonic waveform. The sculpture is surrounded by a yellow lter, a color known by its ability to increase our concentration and perceptional capacity, enhancing other organs than the ear on sensing those frequencies.

Limen means threshold, the place in between, the boundary of perception, a term that gives the lineal
form to the structure and divides the space in two. The sculpture acts as a threshold between our perception limits, between the visible and the invisible, the hearable and the inaudible, between what we can sense and what goes beyond.


Commission: Art & Tech Days
Produced by: Creative Industry Košice
Co-producer: Klangraum Krems
Residency Hosts: KAIR Košice Artist in Residence, Artist in Residence Niederösterreich

Idea, Sound, Light, Construction, Software: Marc Vilanova
Production: Tatiana Takáčová, Ivana Rusnáková, Paula Haslinger
Studio Assistant: Rebeca Urízar
Installation Support: Gabriel Podolinský
Software Support: Alfredo Ardia
Special Thanks: Igi Ayedun, Michal Hladky, Petra Houskova, Anna Mária Trávničková, Miroslava Rybarova, Lisi Grand, Klaus Moser, Ernst Steindl and the Minoritenkirche Team.

Camera: Robert Rampacek, Tatiana Takáčová
Edit: Marc Vilanova
Color: Venus Villa
Photos by: Tatiana Takáčová

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© 2022 Marc Vilanova
© 2022 Marc Vilanova