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Spinning Four, 2012- 2013

Duration: 20 mins I Excerpt 4:41
Performed @ Goethe Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai
17th Jan 2013

Video Documentation by Archit Patel
Live camera: Venkat
Video Programming: Diwaker Gupta

Duration: 25 mins I Excerpt 3:15 mins
Performed @ Currents 2012 The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
28th June 2012

Video Documentation by Robert Campbell
Lights and Live video assistant: Jonathan Cote
Video Programming: Diwaker Gupta

Duration: 20 mins I Excerpt: 4.30 mins
Performed @ SOMArts, San Francisco for Night Light
April 27th 2012

Video Documentation: Sebastian Alvarez
Live video & lights: Diwaker Gupta
Video Programming: Diwaker Gupta

From her memories of Indian classical music to the multiplicity of sounds emerging from old mechanical fans, Surabhi Saraf’s Spinning Four deals with the phenomena on which we all depend, wind and breath. As her memories of Indian classical music travel from her lungs to the microphone, she layers the sound of her voice over the droning percussion of the rotating blades of aged fans powered by electric motors. While fans are used most familiarly to cool people (as well as the machinery that surround us), Saraf uses them to accompany the uttered sounds of her vocal chords. Once on the air, these sound waves become electrical impulses and data that are manipulated through her laptop in real-time. However, Spinning Four is not only a sonic experience. Saraf also live-feeds the small fans as large video projections that, along her soundscapes, create a visual experience immersive enough to remind that everything is constantly spinning around us—perhaps as the omnipresent elementary particles that quantum mechanics describes. —Sebastian Alvarez