An installation is a visual or sonic art work that is designed to be 'installed' in a given space, creating an entire sensory experience for the viewer. It can be of any length, can occupy any space (or even several spaces), and can be of any size. It also often has a clear connection with 'real life' and the space in which it is presented.
Students on CMT and MTP have created a variety of interactive and site-specific installations which have been presented in diverse contexts, from the Leicester Space Centre to a Victorian Sewage Pumping Station, and in galleries and concert halls throughout the city and beyond.
Steve Green, The Back of the Beyond (6 May 2016)
The Back of the Beyond is a multichannel sound installation designed to create the audible sensation of being in a forest. 32 speakers collectively present a coherent 3D sound environment encouraging deep listening and reflection.
SAM TOMS, Platonic.. (16 May 2013)
This is the animation component for an site-specific installation utilizing 3D animation and sculpture. Platonic attempted to create an immersive environment that toyed with the idea of breaking the boundaries between the composition and realisation of a work. Related to STEMMA (which was composed around the same time), the visual aesthetic of the piece directly involved the equipment and surroundings from which I created my work: black tape connected the computer screen to the various structural characteristics of the space, making a visual connection between the tape and the black lines on the animation display - an attempt to persuade a spectator to appreciate both virtual and physical mediums as a singular entity.
ROBERT MARTLAND, Lysik's (14 May 2013)
This work, a triple-video and 6-channel sound instllation, is an audio-visual interpretation of Katherine Lysik’s personal experiences with the neurological sense-fusing condition of synesthesia. Through extensive relay with Katherine, great detail of her highly individual irregularity was acquired. Each video explores one of her particularly vivid sound and colour relationships with the overlap between their respective audio tracks, furthering the sense confusion aspect of the disorder.
SAM TOMS, To Flower Out... (7 February 2013)
To Flower Out... explores the potential experience of falling to one's fate through the interpretation of artistic execution -- Based on the tragedy of Robert Richardson's accident in 1890, the installation invites the audience to observe as a single drop of red lead paint falls through the floors of the pumping station. The non-corrosive droplet plunges into the pureness of water, metaphorically tarnishing the pumping station's ultimate plan of treating impurities in an amalgamation of sound, colour and pattern.
DEAN PHILLIPS, An Alternate Aesthetic (7 February 2013)
An Alternate Aesthetic is a site-specific installation, designed for the Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester, which focuses on the idea of replacing an existing environment with a contrasting one. It does this by removing certain qualities of the space, adding both sonic and visual elements as well as accentuating and complimenting already present attributes."
JAMES JOSLIN, Clockwork Etudes 1-8 (16 May 2012)
We are all trapped by time, it is the one thing that we each have in common. It ticks by seemingly more quickly with each passing day, bringing with it despair as we anxiously let it pass. A music box is attached to each clock's minute hand, thus slowing the music's tempo down to one beat per hour. Now, rather than melody, the listener is able to consider the timbre each chime emitted and, occasionally, the relationships between études. The anticipation of such events enhances the appreciation of them and one is further drawn to the more subtle aspects of the environment whilst contemplating the significance of the passing time. Hence, the eight études attempt to cage time and thereby allows its passing to be explored rather than rushed.
ANNELIE NEDERBERG, The wound is where the light enters you (11 May 2010)
'I invite you to enter my garden of stillness and follow the path of salt. Sit for a while and reflect over the beauty and fragility of life.' This installation, presented in DMU's Trinity Chapel, involved an electronically treated version of 'Ave Verum' from Karl Jenkin's Stabat Mater along with the sound of salt cracking on slate, the latter chosen for its fragile sound as well as its many connotations as purifier and protector, symbol of spiritual health, friendship, protection and hospitality in various cultures.
JAMES KEMP, Music for Metal and Water (2008)
This installation eplored the sounds generated by water hitting metal objects. Water was allowed to dribble from a reservoir at the top of the structure onto different-sized tin cans on each of the trays of a three tier construction. The sound modulated as each of the trays filled with water until it reached capacity and spilled to the next. Contact microphones picked up the sound and fed it to speakers surrounding the frame.
ANDREW WALKER HALL, TangibleBeams (2007)
This instrument permits users to control a sound and video installation using light pointers. This footage was taken of the work as installed in the PACE building for the CEPA launch night on October 25th 2007 and includes an introduction in which the composer describes the work.
TOM FOX, Surveillance (2007)
Using pressure switches and video analysis, Surveillance tracks participant movements around the space, triggering audio/visual reactions. This footage was taken of the work as installed in the PACE building for the CEPA launch night on October 25th 2007 and includes an introduction in which the composer describes the work.
ROBERT MOGRIDGE, Ant Particles (2007)
An organically-driven musical composition controlled by the motion of ants. This footage was taken of the work as installed in the basement of the Abbey Park Pumping Station on May 11th 2007.
ROBIN FOSTER, xmtr_4(1.0) (2007)
xmtr_4(1.0) is a sound installation using fm radios and transmitters to create a multichannel, multi-speaker diffusion system for live performance in an installation environment. This is a video and stereo recording of a live 4 channel performance of the system as installed in the PACE building for the CEPA launch night on October 25th 2007.
BEN HARVEY, Fishstrument (2007)
Motion-tracked fish influence a continuously transforming soundscape. This footage was taken of the work as installed in the PACE building for the CEPA launch night on October 25th 2007.
STUART PENMAN, Alter Space/Altar Space (11 May 2007)
Participants control light and sound through magnetic manipulation of iron filings, creating a focused and delicate ritual of listening, looking and moving.
MICHAEL GATT, Abbey Pumping Station Installation (11 May 2007)
A fixed medium site-specific installation that sonically reflects the history of Leicester's Abbey Pumping Station. The installation consisted of two quad speaker setups on two open-plan floors, allowing the audience to move freely around the space while the piece was played. Source material was taken directly from the sounds made by the old Victorian pumping engines themselves (which are still functional) and spotlights were automated via MIDI to convey a working environment to direct the attention of the audience to particular sounds.