"Ohm IV" is the most recent iteration of a series of site-specific performance environments developed by Future Archaeology. While spanning multiple exhibition contexts including gallery, cinema and theatre, works in the OHM series share a common interest in harnessing and transforming physical interaction to create spaces that engage the audience in the co-creation of the work. For "Ohm IV", conductive metallic tape diagrams the surface of the gallery floor and walls, creating an interactive canvas; a potential network only activated fully by the participants during the event. Using functional patterns derived from a “water detection” circuit, low-voltage current cycles through this opened-ended network, providing the input to a series of sound generating circuits.
After removing their shoes, participants will be able to explore this interactive canvas, entering into a system of exchange; they are literally “plugging in” by using the electrically conductive and resistive properties of their bodies to complete the circuits and become part of an evolving soundscape. Theatre, performance, and music collapse into this embodied network; biology and electronics merge in an array of feedback loops. As viewers interact with the system over time, new sounds and new modes of social exchange activate the space; emerging collaboration between participants creates physical bridges between remote areas of the network and each other, reimagining the roles of physical presence, engagement and interface within an increasingly virtual terrain.
The performance will be followed by an artist talk with the members of the Future Archaeology artist collective.