"POLIFOTONIA": THE ANATOMY OF SOUND
At Lab 3, the sound experimentation room in the Medellín Museum of Modern Art (MAMM) , the experimental installation Polifotonía by the Colombian artist Alba Fernanda Triana is exhibited. Visualizing the sound, Triana mutates the sonorous language into other, but without leaving a side the music essential qualities: time, frequency, rhythm, form, texture and density.
The installation is composed of three sculptures that evoke musical instruments, each highlighting a string, a tuner and a speaker. Through the speaker, an audio signal excites the string causing a very symmetrical sound wave to be displayed that operates as a sort of canvas where the light that is the main material of the work is reflected. What simulates an exercise in physics, Triana turns it into art: the frequencies of sound and light are like the stone or plaster of the sculptor, the air, the infallible conductor for these materials to propagate, is equivalent to the painter canvas.
Exploring this border between scientific practice and art, Fernanda Alba Triana places us in the middle of a visual polyphony making us see what we vaguely hear when we go out into the street, listen to a voice or walk through the countryside. Polifotonía, as it expresses its name, materializes those genuine gestures of nature that, in our ears, can be imperceptible and improbable, and transforms them into a tangible and perceptible discourse within our visual culture.
Inaugurated on December 6 at MAMM’s Lab3, the sound installation of the Colombian artist will remain in the museum until the 17th of this month. In addition to its aesthetic quality, Polifotonía, by Alba Fernanda Triana, is an evidence of how contemporary art manages to reinvent itself daily by immersing its brush in the various fields of knowledge.