Flicker Chamber

Flicker chamber

October 2018
Site specific light and sound installation

Flicker Chamber stages a building eternally suspended between the stillness of its walls and the chaos of its ruins. This architectural micro-dramaturgy freezes in time the split-instant when everything changes, when matter enters into vibration and the stability of the world that surrounds us is about to disappear.

Flicker Chamber explores how the evanescence of light and sound transcends the immobility of architecture. Multiple oscillators calibrated to the room’s dimensions slowly fluctuate to generate infra-basses and trigger stroboscopic bursts. While the sound is too low to be heard, the stroboscopic alternations of brightness and darkness are too rapid to be seen. Instead, the sound waves create pressure nodes that are felt physically and make the building resonate at the same time as the flickering light creates a feeling of hyper-reality and make the walls visually tremble.