Last month at LABoral: Center for Art and Industrial Creation in Gijon, Spain, American media artist Chris Salter presented his large-scale audiovisual installation called n-Polytope. The work subtitled Behaviors in Light and Sound after Iannis Xenakis is a spectacular light and sound environment using lasers and artificial intelligence software technologies inspired by composer Iannis Xenakis’ 1960s radical and pioneering installations named Polytopes (from the Greek meaning many spaces.) A major landmark in the history of audio-visual arts, Xenakis’ works were immersive architectural environments that mimic the chaotic behavior of nature through light and sound.
Chris Salter’s installation (in collaboration with his team: Sofian Audry, Marije Baalman, Adam Basanta, Elio Bidinost and Thomas Spier) uses hundreds of LEDs that function as powerful bursts of light and hundreds of tiny speakers suspended through the space, creating a walk-through performance environment.
Here’s a brief video on the installation with the artist: