Spatial Sound

Re.flex.ion : Orca (2020) 


July 2020

Spatial Sound Institute

There are worlds beyond our senses where the human perception does not reach, but our influence does. Re.flex.ion : Orca is bringing underwater acoustics to the surface.

This video documentation on Re.flex.ion : Orca (2020) reflects conversations with the artist Alba Vega Mulet and her collaborator Robin Koek about the piece and its process of creation.

Re.flex.ion : Orca brings the sonic world of Orcas within the human range of perception and enacts the experience Orcas undergo in captivity, presented in stark contrast to the freedom of communication in their natural environment.

The project aims to bring awareness to a consequence of captivity, often overlooked and difficult to comprehend without experiencing it.

Re.flex.ion is showing us, humans, how deeply confined water tanks made of concrete and glass disrupt the health of other species. The tank is acoustically modelled to human proportions immersing the audience in the unhealthy sonic environment of captivity. In contrast, the composition also shows the audience the richness of sonic bonding and communication among these amazing beings in the wild.

Produced by the Spatial Sound Institute.

Artist: Alba Vega Mulet

A film by Ana Amorós López (Tenger Films) with the help of Vladimir Razhev, Alifiyah Imani and Paul Oomen

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