Designed and built in collaboration with Nghi Duong, Timbre was a kinetic sculpture installed as a temporary installation on the Atlanta Beltline. The project consisted of two frames containing ten articulated and counter balanced vertical blades which could be set into motion by pushing or pulling on the blades. The blades are set parallel to each other.
Timbre is a consciously idea-less installation. There is no intellectual structure which supports it. Too often in art a large intellectual scaffolding is created to support what is a ultimately un-compelling experience. . Additionally, the idea that art must be justified by ideas creates an expectation that art is removed from the experience of the audience and thus has nothing to offer them. This creates an artificial separation between the superficial and the profound, while in reality they are the same. Timbre relies on no narrative to justify itself as a physical object. It simply exists as a mute object. By doing so Timbre confronts the expectations of those who embrace art as profound and full of meaning and those who reject art as overly theorized and inaccessible that art must “mean something important” and highlights the importance the audience plays in giving an object meaning.
Each individual which comes in contact with Timbre is compelled to incorporate it into his or her understanding of the world through creating a personalized meaning for Timbre, its reason for being. Any joy, beauty or meaning had to be derived through interacting with the piece. In this way Timbre’s simple kineticism provides a medium through which people contemplate the surficial profound nature of their own existence.