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Diann Bauer 1

Scalar Oscillation, 2018

Two-channel HD video with quadraphonic sound (6:40 mins)

Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, published in 1915, proposed that time does not pass identically for everyone. An example of this would be the varied speed of the ageing processes for people living at different altitudes.

For humans, time is subjective: personal to our own, lived experience. But how do we understand the complex features of time, and the abstract concepts that do not enter our everyday thought as we journey through space? Scalar Oscillation explores the significance of the extremes of time and scale operating in much of modern physics.

Through the use of text, graphics, animations and immersive sound, Diann Bauer, in collaboration with composer Seth Ayyaz, aims to discuss and project the notion of time and scale at a fundamental level, and in doing so, highlight how these realities are completely exotic to us as humans. Science provides access to events completely outside the realm of usual human experience; Bauer’s work aims to explain the impact of such phenomena at a societal level.

Seth Ayyaz is a composer, performer, sound artist and theorist based in London (UK). After studying medicine, neurosciences and psychology at University College London, and doctoral research in electroacoustic composition at City University he pursues interests in computational technologies, music, philosophy and speculative synthetic sound.

Courtesy of the artist. This work was developed as part of the Collide International Award, a partnership programme between Arts at CERN and FACT, and was co-produced by ScANNER.