Disharmony of Spheres

29. May 2021 to 22. August 2021

Disharmony of Spheres was created with inspiration from the German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler’s idea of ‘the music of the universe’, a universe in ‘perfect harmony’. In a time of climate crisis, increasing polarisation and global pandemic, the audio-visual and interactive installation challenges the concept of harmony — both conceptually and aesthetically.

The installation is a spatial piece of music, in which the objects serve as templates for composition, and the audience’s movement and physical presence direct the sound. It is a sonification and visualisation of a deconstructed and abstract version of our Solar System. FOO/SKOU’s intention is to invite the audience to explore a universe that balances between harmony — and disharmony — as an analogy with how we each and collectively are part of a larger system in which we have to navigate.

Disharmony of Spheres consists of 81 singing ceramic objects installed in nine groupings — one for each planet in our Solar System as well as the dwarf planet Pluto. The design, texture, melody sequences and sound design of the objects are based on the planet’s orbital frequencies, their layered constructions as well as a number of philosophical worldviews. The system behind the installation is exhibited separately in the Tower Gallery in the form of ‘sounding prints’ with the titles System Print and Data Note 1-9. In addition to elaborating the system behind the installation, the works serve as graphic scores for FOO/SKOU’s iPhone app format4. System Print is printed in a circulation of 3000 giveaways so that the artwork can have a life beyond this exhibition.

FOO/SKOU consists of Louise Foo and Martha Skou, who both work with sound art, design, visual arts and music. In their collaboration, FOO/SKOU combines technology with handicrafts, such as ceramics, print and textiles. Their interest in creating new forms of experiences with sound most often unfolds in interactive and audio-visual installations, scores and compositions. The duo has been living in New York for a long time and has mostly exhibited abroad. They have now both moved to Denmark, and with the installation Disharmony of spheres, FOO/SKOU’s universe of physical, digital and visual sound experiences will be exposed to a Danish audience for the first time. 

Where: Øvre Galleri + Tårngalleri 
When: 29 May 22 Aug