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Tanya Harris: Everything is a result of frequency

At the RESONANCE show for Fringe Arts Bath 2014 Tanya Harris will facilitate a live interactive experience of resonance and provoke new insights into the subtle vibrations through which all life manifests itself.

Nothing is really solid; the molecules within matter are constantly vibrating at a particular frequency. We think that we are flesh and bone when we are actually a combination of electromagnetic signals. Everybody is emitting their own frequency and absorbing frequencies around them. 
Resonance describes how frequencies communicate and harmonise with each other. The resonant frequencies of a space sonically describe the accumulation of frequencies present in it: the walls, the furniture, the materials that make up the space, as well as each person who enters the space.
Inspired by a technique discovered by Alvin Lucier, Tanya Harris will record the exhibition space. This recording will be played back into the space while re-recording it, the process being repeated over and over again, building up a feedback loop.
Initially, footsteps will become audible, and fragments of conversation will re-enter the space. As these recordings proceed, sound becomes distorted; a distinctive cough re-emerges as an eerie echo. Eventually these recordings amplify certain frequencies of the space, articulated by speech and movement; words become unintelligible, replaced by the pure resonant frequencies of the space. At this stage, the room will begin to reverberate creating a physical experience of resonance.


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