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Rory McCartney — Smoke Proof

Rory McCartney — Smoke Proof
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29 Mar 2019 - 17 Apr 2019

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School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

The Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE) presents the latest in our programme of exhibitions in Project Space.

Join us for a private view on Thursday 28 March, 6 to 8pm.

In Smoke Proof, artist Rory McCartney explores the notion that de Martinville recorded sound by adapting and inverting the temporary printing technique used by typographers to make smoke-proof tests with candle smoke as a quick printing method to test new lead letterforms. De Martinville used lampblack as a recording device to transcribe the sound of human speech in a way similar to that achieved by the then new technology of photography for light and image. He created a machine that would do for the ear what the camera did for the eye.

For the exhibition, McCartney creates a sound installation. Each layer of the four-channel sound installation is based on a separate recording technique. Each layer in the composition is isolated in its own speaker, to create a constellation of sounds that fill the gallery with the multiple voices that together make up a single composition. The sound becomes sculptural as the space is navigated. The piece is constantly deconstructed, and new compositions are created as different layers of sound in the space are encountered which fade in and out of earshot.

The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

For more information, please contact Sam Belinfante:

Image Info: Rory McCartney, Smoke Proof, 2019.

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