OPTICKS IS A LIVE AUDIO-VISUAL RADIO TRANSMISSION PERFORMANCE BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE MOON
a project by Daniela de Paulis in collaboration with Jan van Muijlwijk
OPTICKS borrows its name from the pivotal essay by Isaac Newton on light refraction.
OPTICKS is a live performance during which digital images are sent to the moon in form of radio signals from a dish situated in Brazil, the UK or Switzerland and received back by Dwingeloo radio telescope in The Netherlands. The ‘moonbounced’ images are projected in real time during the performance and accompanied by sounds composed for the project by musician and sound researcher Marty Quinn. The conceptual framework for the sounds is also based on Newton’s theories: the great scientist dedicated in fact part of his research to the representation of a ‘colour music disc’ in which he associated each colour of the light spectrum to a musical note. The performance is introduced by live sounds of amateurs radio signals captured by the Dwingeloo antenna tracking the moon.
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