Dataatadata: Everything and Nothing

SOLO SHOW: Immersive 30 day performance –  The Invisible Dog Art Center

Dataatadata: Everything and Nothing was an immersive sound installation that centered around a 30 day performance and the creation of an intricate, 20’ mandala. Building out the gallery to create an atmosphere of infinite space, the environment for this performance is the setting for the mandala. Set at the center of the 5000 sqf gallery, the work went from process to completion to destruction all in the course of 30 days. The execution of this piece was an arduous, elaborate and painstaking effort which was performed for 10 to 14 hours per day, every day, for 30 days. The sculpture was made of finely ground marble in the tradition of ancient sand paintings using handmade tools. Unlike the sacred geometries used in ritual mandalas, the delicate and precise composition of Everything and Nothing was data from a particle collision to express time, knowledge, infinitesimal space and the ephemeral nature of certainty.

The imagery of data as a compositional element is the thesis of this massive installation. Each day new sections were created as Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher sculpted the musical score. From this, an immersive sound installation formed and evolved as the mandala began to take shape.

Using a wide range of technologies including ceiling mounted cameras, short throw video projectors, interactive programing software and a multi-channel sound system, the mandala was scanned and processed each day to relay the sound installation throughout the gallery. The progress and development of the mandala were recorded and randomly performed throughout the month, highlighting variations of the composition.

The final performance was hosted at the end of 30 days when the mandala was completed. The musical composition was scanned and then played in its entirety, culminating with the destruction of the work.

Collaboration with Patrick Gallagher

Limited edition photographs available