Interval and Instance – Matthew Gallery, Tuesday 19 – Friday 22

Interval and Instance is an installation by audiovisual artist Jules Rawlinson exploring archival visual material from the pioneering scientific filmmaker Eric Lucey, adding sound design and composition that reflects on and responds to Lucey’s studies. Join us at the opening by reserving a ticket and a drink here:

Lucey’s film-making was defined by his manipulation of speed, motion and scale as tools for observing behaviour using a variety of techniques, most famously time-lapse or very high-speed film, and microphotography. The subjects of films vary from cells dividing and crystals forming, insect and animal behaviour, human motion and physical process as well as exploratory studies into feedback, interference and pattern. All of these aspects provide a useful prompt for developing sonic and musical processes that support and draw attention to the visual character of the films.

While the work is non-narrative, the clips have been assembled to provide moments of continuity and contrast. The sound design and composition makes use of extensive layering, time-stretching and time-compression, extreme pitch-shifting, physical modelling and frequency carving to create unexpected points of audition which offers audiences a detailed and engaging audio-visual experience that incorporates spectralism, minimalist repetition and granular detail. The work was originally conceived as a live performance for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and has been reworked for Dialogues for mutable multiscreen and multichannel presentation.