Translation of Music to Chocolate

POSTED IN: Olfactory, Portfolio Wednesday June 6, 2010

Indications: a translation of music into the fragrance of chocolate :  Brahms Hungarian Dances #10 and ‘Indications.’ A video of the natural language of the head 2007

The translations of music to gesture and smell were combined with the video Indications as an extension of the music translations used in Four Senses 2002. The work was included in the The New Zealand National Exhibit of Performance Art/Design 11thPrague Quadrennial of Scenography and Theatre Architecture 2007.

I  proposed that the pleasure and sorrow experienced  in both music, gesture and chocolate are directly related in their manifestations and expressions.     To support my notion that music could also be experienced as aroma and taste, I demonstrated a logical relationship of harmonious proportions between music and photoperiodicity. The extended music translation was reliant on the photoperiodicity which produces a selection of plants which flower sequentially at the equatorial zone. For reference I made a chart of the daytime and nighttime hours and latitudes of the pollination period for a wide selection of flowering plants which are available as essential oils. I used the approximate central point of an area (mean latitude) [13.] World Book, Atlas, 1986, where those plants are harvested for their essential oil, and the time of harvest of those plants in that area, to find the mean daylight and night-time hours over that period [14.]The American Ephemeris Nautical Almanac Annual Publication (2002) ‘Table of Sunrise and Sunset’ (local mean time)

The proportion, 1.1, of sound/no sound in Brahms Hungarian Dances #10, equates with the photoperiodicity proportions of night and day time minutes which equal 1.1. at 10 degrees south latitude in December 2007. The plants thus selected were  cacao, mangosteen and sugar cane. (installation  Indications . 2007).>

‘ Indications ‘ video in MuVi Second International Congress Synaesthesia, Science & Art April 2007

The New Zealand National Exhibit of Performance Art/Design 11thPrague Quadrennial of Scenography and Theatre Architecture 2007.

I also gave a presentation: ‘Multisensory Concerts’ and Indications: a translation of music into chocolate, at centre stage, Scenofest , Prague Quadrennial 19.6.07

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Some of the artists exhibiting in BLOW (Curated by Tracey Collins and Sue Gallagher) at The New Zealand Festival of the Arts, and The New Zealand National Exhibit of Performance Art/Design in the 11th Prague Quadrennial of Scenography and Theatre Architecture 2007,Prumyslovy Palace, Prague. A cross disciplinary approach to performance media; lighting, sound, projection, set design, costume, sensory, surface, body and space.

Chocolate most generously donated by our much loved and brilliant chocolate experts in NZ: SCHOC