Jon Brumit: Elf Waves, Earth Loops, and *Spatial Forces
Sep. 25, 2023 - Dec. 15, 2015
This large-scale, multi-form outdoor installation by Detroit-based artist Jon Brumit draws inspiration form disparate sources, such as public engagement, harsh noise, GMOs, pirate radio, and vibrational healing. The installation will present three distinct but intertwined projects: a sonorous grain silo, lathe-cut loop records, and public radio broadcasts.
Elf Waves (Sound House 2) is an immersive public sound project housed in a modified grain silo that responds to visitors by playing the soundtrack through the floor and ceiling of the repurposed structure upon their arrival.
Earth Loops, an installation of original lathe-cut records cut on colored and shaped acrylic blanks, infinitely plays extracts from New Earth, the album composed specifically for the *Spatial Forces radio project.
*Spatial Forces (Shed 13) is a public radio-based sound sculpture in 13 parts, broadcasting throughout Eastern Market on 87.9 FM. Comprised of a cluster of 13 short-range FM radio transmitters installed on Russell Street from Mack to Gratiot Avenues, it is a drive-thru audio collage, heard only with an FM radio, of broadcasts of each of the 13 tracks from New Earth simultaneously. This is the premiere of Brumit’s citywide radio project TBD (Terrestrial Broadcast Detroit), a Knight Arts Challenge awarded project.