VERSA: Pink Floyd Meets Jackson Pollock in the 4th Dimension
Think of Pink Floyd meeting Jackson Pollock in the 4th dimension. VERSA is an audio/visual collaboration between process artist Monika Hauck and musician Alex Ricci. Sonically, VERSA is influenced by contemporary soundscape, instrumental post-rock and 60's psychedelic, combining live-looping effected bass guitar layers with atmospheric synth and bombastic drums. Low frequency sound from the bass guitar is used to create responsive projections. Visually, Hauck uses cymatics and coloured ink to illustrate the physical vibrations of sound. Sound is passed through a subwoofer into a liquid bath. This creates an undulating motion in the liquid, into which Hauck drops coloured ink. The entire process is captured and projected as a synesthetic accompaniment to the performance. In between pieces of music, monoprints are pulled from the top of the liquid bath. These seismograph-esque artifacts are available to the audience as a unique “record” of the performance.
What are you working on right now? *
We're finishing up a music video made with A Pocket History of Mars. We're also working on an OAC grant to upgrade some of our audio/visual translation equipment.
Why did you get started?
Myself and my main collaborator Alex Ricci were in between projects in our respective fields and there was a small grant available through Kazoo! Festival and Ed Video Media Art Centre that encouraged the development of a performance that combines audio and visual in an innovative way. We went for it, and came up with VERSA. We got a lot of positive feedback and a stronger response than with our regular creative practices, so we've been doing it ever since!
Describe your creative process?
Our collective works in a very collaborative way. We write the music and create the visuals in tandem. We'll write music based on how our cymatic, responsive visuals looks based on the audio frequency, and certain choices with the visuals are made based on the tempo, timbre, or mood of the song.
Who is your art for? Why is it important?
Everyone! We're trying to make art that is immersive, accessible and community oriented, fostering collaboration and cross-disciplinary practices to strengthen a community of audio/visual practitioners.
If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be and why? *
Quit worrying about what other people think - you do you, always.