Fundamental Forces is a collaborative audiovisual research project and installation work by Robert Henke (D) and Tarik Barri (NL). The title reflects the focus on movement, acceleration and the interconnections and attractions between visual structures and sonic events, as well as the underlying mechanics in each of the domains. Visual shapes and sonic structures emerge as the result of complex mathematical operations, are transformed and thrown around by the power of the underlying codes.
Fundamental Forces has no narrative, it simply is. The title references concepts of physics that aim to describe the basic foundations about how our universe is constructed. It aims to find a concept of eternal validity, a concept that helps to describe not only what happens now and here but also helps us to understand the world outside our experience.
Fundamental Forces reflects this search for knowledge in many ways. By using self written and constantly improved and extended software, we not only create what people hear and see but also build the foundations of what they could experience in the future. We do not build an installation, we build a machine that constitutes a class of potential installations. Each screening of Fundamental Forces is a snapshot of the current development.
Fundamental Forces in its current state is a pre-rendered high definition multiple screen projection with surround sound. The visual component is based on Tarik Barri's 'Versum' computer animation engine, and the auditive component comes from Robert Henke, using MaxMSP, Max4Live and Live, the sequencer software he's co-developing.
Fundamental Forces is scaleable. It has been initially created as a commissioned work for the RML Cinechamber system which consists of ten 1080p projections and eight channels of sound (FF00 - FF01). A later version (FF02) has been adapted to work with six screens and a 5.2 soundsystem.
FF00 20 minute loop, Germany Berlin @ Club Transmediale 2011
FF01 45 minute concert version, Germany Berlin @ Club Transmediale 2011
FF00 20 minute loop, Austria Graz @ Steirischer Herbst 2011
FF02 10 minute loop, Austria Vienna @ MAK / soundframe 2012
FF03 15 minute loop, Canada Montreal @ MUTEK 2012
Photo on the left and top: FF02