Syncrasy | OSCILLATIONS | Exhibition

Syncrasy is a contemporary art exhibition co-curated by Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science. Oscillations by Victoria Evans, a series of works that explore the infinite forces of our environment, is one of three exhibitions presented at Summerhall, for the 2021 Science Festival, by artists working across the fields of art, science and technology.

Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art and Science

Read more about Syncrasy here

Victoria Evans

Oscillations: Corner Gallery

Image Courtesy of Victoria Evans and Javier Aregger

Inspired by science and the complex inter-relatedness of the physical world, the piece reflects Evans’ interest in the way distant or invisible phenomena, such as the forces of gravity, can have a tangible effect on our day-to-day lives. The process of data sonification (the use of non-speech audio to perceptualise information) allows tide tables to be coded in such a way that they can interact with electronic music software. In doing so, the rhythmic, cyclical patterns of the tides can become audible, and their interplay with lunar and solar orbits throughout the course of a year can be experienced as music.

Combining a hypnotic multi-channel audio work with video and haptic elements, Oscillations connects to an audience on an immediate, physical level creating a spatial, sonic landscape rich in sensory and poetic associations.

This installation brings the work to Edinburgh for the first time and includes a brand new online interactive element, Tidesong, that extends the project beyond the gallery space to make connections with audiences across the UK.

Oscillations Credits:
Artist: Victoria Evans
Producer: Javier Aregger
Coding: Jamie Ferguson


Oscillations: Events

Oscillations: Victoria Evans Artist Talk

When: Saturday 26th June, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Tickets: FREE, donations welcome, booking essential
Audience: Ages 12+

Join us to learn about the process of making music from tidal data and how the interplay of sun, moon, land and sea creates the tides. In this Q&A with artist Victoria Evans, producer Javier Aregger and tidal scientist Colin Shepherd (UK Hydrographic Office) you’ll hear about the artistic and scientific inspirations behind Victoria Evans’ audio-visual gallery installation, Oscillations, and find out how you can take part in an audience generated online version Tidesong.

Marking Time: #Tidesong Launch

When: Saturday 3rd July, 3:00pm
Where: Beaches and tidal rivers around the UK
Tickets: FREE, donations welcome
Audience: Ages 12+

Take part in a collective, coastal art experience.

Tidesong is an interactive, online artwork designed to be accessed at the coast. It makes audible the ebb and flow of the tides, and plays on the rhythmic pattern of interactions between the earth, the moon and the sun.

Come together with the artist, and other audience members, on beaches or tidal rivers around the UK for the Tidesong launch. Join in with the collective outdoor experience, by accessing the app on Saturday 3rd July at 3pm, to experience tidesong in situ, at your nearest beach or tidal river

Taking part will automatically generate your own unique tidesong and place it on an audio-map of the UK coastline. Full details are on the Tidesong website, where you can also join in from home.

Share images and reflections from your experience on social media throughout the weekend using #Tidesong

Tidesong Credits:
Artist: Victoria Evans
Creative Coding and Design: Sam Healy and Brendan McCarthy, Ray Interactive
Tidal Data supplied by: the National Oceanography Centre and the UK Hydrographic Office With additional coding assistance from Colin Bell
With support from: Creative Informatics Small Research Grants, Funded by the Edinburgh Futures Institute and the DDI.

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