Navid Navab

Project: Decay

Decay 崩壊 is an interactive sound installation/performance, first conceived spontaneously in March 2011 for the ”手向け Tamuke” Solidarity with Japan event. In view of ongoing triple catastrophe that hit Japan in summer 2011 – the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear emergency – and also in view of many other natural and man-made disasters that humans face everyday, Decay encourages us to recognize the material world as a platform for enlightened practices: to press against, to locate resonance, to situate the body, and to engage the world as a site of buried sound. Decay invites audiences and performers to interact with natural and artificial found objects acoustically transmuted into sculptural electronic instruments, evoking post tsunami debris. Modulated through movement, objects sing of their past lives and continually recompose themselves into new meanings. Through varied augmentation of the object’s acoustical response, the natural and the synthetic collapse in immediate vibrational relation, whispering that perhaps we are produced by objects as much as we create them.