sidewinder

Installation views at Radio Brandenberg-Berlin, Berlin, Germany, November, 2004. PVC panels, steel, rope, custom electronics, sound (dimensions variable).



In Sidewinder, seven plastic panels are hung across the space of the Radio Brandenberg-Berlin entrance hall from the level of the first floor. Looking like a set of floating flags, the panels twist, move, and flex in a series of changing patterns to produce a composition in sound and motion that evokes an airborne living presence. A sidewinder is a type of poisonous snake known for its coiling motion; it propels itself quickly across sandy terrain and leaves a distinctive sideways track as it moves. Here that motion is mimicked in the air, but the only tracks it leaves are made from quickly-dispersing sound waves.