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THE FOUNT 
Smart Flat Screen display; 10 x 3min generative videos, 10 x 3min sound recordings of Australian birds, silk chiffon wedding veil, 30 white pheasant feathers, 30 glass vessels; clear nylon wire, original source water taken from fountain in Todi, Italy. Dimensions Variable

The Fount is an installation incorporating 10 procedural videos, silk veil, 30 white feathers, 30 glass vessels and original source water taken from the fountain in the centre of the town Todi in Umbria, Italy where it was exhibited in August 2021 as part of the 'Open Doors' annual group show. The work combines technology with the symbolic power of naturally occurring elements - feathers, water, color, sound and light. The objects come together as in the vein of assemblage works - the technological object (computer/monitor/tablet etc) is part of the work - not only as a method of display but as a integral part of the structure. The series of videos were created with bird song (specifically in this case ten native Australian birds) via mapping the sound frequencies to colour. https://myvanwygibson.com/birds-can-paint
The choice of which frequency was mapped to which colour model was conceptually underpinned by an ancient Taoist thought called Wu Xing, which, as described in the I Ching (the Book of Changes) is a system of five phases that interprets relationships between phenomena. It maps the five musical notes in the pentatonic scale to the five basic colours - so using this as a guide I mapped the bass, low, medium and high to the RGBA colour model of alpha, green, red, and blue respectively. 

The installation also incorporated a performance which entailed the artist walking across the Todi piazza with a full bucket of source water taken from the eagle fountain (representing the towns heritage) 15 times there and back so as to fill the glass vessels that were part of the work.

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