hertz is named after Heinrich Hertz. Hertz (Hz) describes the pitch of any given audible, inaudible note or frequency. The work connects two happenings: stars singing and invisibly vibrating to the accompaniment of earth’s hidden resonances.
Artist Juliet Robson, collaborated with meteorologist Dr Graeme Marlton, mathematician Dr Andrew Gibbs and astrophysicist Professor Bill Chaplin to create hertz.
Everything vibrates – from the smallest atom on Earth to the furthest star in space. Their frequencies surround and immerse us and yet the vast majority leave no imprint.
hertz gives a glimpse into this hidden universe, making inaudible sound tangible, visible and real. Sense the imperceptible soundtrack of a city in real-time and immerse yourself in its deep resonance. Listen to the secret songs of stars found in the constellations of Cygnus and Lyra. Harness their harmonics to generate beautiful visual patterns in sand on vibrating plates.
hertz encourages curiosity, questioning perceptions of our planet and place in the cosmos through sensory experiences.
For OCM’s film of hertz at Oxford IF festival go here.
For podcasts go to: hertz podcasts
For Vimeo go to: hertz vimeo
For the published research paper see: here.
For Phyart collaborations go to: phyartuob.co.uk
Listen to an excerpt of Max Reinhardt featuring hertz on BBC’s Radio 3’s brilliant Late Junction (‘What a totally astounding, amazing project’ Max Reinhardt). Scroll down for tour dates and links to venues.
hertz tour images 2018 -19
OCM @ IF Festival Oxford
14 OCT 2018
“Love how it is very interactive and engaging, can be as complicated as you like, brilliant!”
“Really fun and exciting”
“Amazing and fascinating, it was wonderful.”
18-21 OCT 2018
“Amazing, simply stunning”
“Infrasound is the new Rock and Roll”
WE THE CURIOUS BRISTOL
4 NOV 2018-2 FEB 2019
A few of the words used to describe hertz
Unnerving. Awesome. Atmospheric. Strange. Mysterious. Undescribable
Visceral. Dark. Mysterious. Unique. Awesome. Fun
Images from early research by Juliet Robson for hertz: Salt grain Chladni patterns made from vibrations of frequencies (hertz) occurring in nature. Different frequencies vibrate the Chladni plates in their own specific way and result in various oscillating patterns. Experiments done at Wyfold Lane Studio, 2017.
Co-commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, funded by Arts Council England.
Co-commissioned and supported by We The Curious and Oxford Contemporary Music.
Supported by University of Birmingham, The Friends of the University of Reading, University of Reading and 101 Outdoor Arts creation Space.
Part of Season for Change, a UK wide programme of cultural responses celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change.
Please go to the blog for more info, about hertz: ‘If you want to find the secrets of the universe think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration’ – Nikola Tesla.