Muted Wavescape

Augmented lightscape of (silent) sound waves


Artist: Nourathar Studio

Authors: Caen Botto & Marta Rupérez

Title: Muted Wavescape

Date: 2018

Medium: Augmented reality. Mixed media; 1960's radio, glass, perspex. LCD screen, Raspberry Pi, electronics.

Dimensions: 30,6 (h) x 42 (w) x 26 (d) cm

Loop duration: 1'07"

Edition: unique within a series of 5

Private collections: France, Spain


Muted Wavescape presents a moving landscape of silent, visible sound-waves held within a vintage radio. The artwork's various layers of reflection offer an intriguing optical puzzle and an invitation to explore multi-dimensional compositions.

The time dimension is also included in the rhythmic sense of the animated composition, as well as in the evocation of traveling back to a time when the voice of the radio was at the centre of the living room. The spectral presence of a skull summons the passage of the ephemeral, as a phantasmagoric apparition from the past.

On one hand, the piece is a tribute to the obsolete technology it uses; on the other, it draws attention to the contrast between old and new media.