DEGREES OF GRANULARITY

Degrees of Granularity is a sound sculpure installation and collaboration between artists Christine Cassano and Shomit Barua. 500+ hand-formed pieces of paper-thin, translucent porcelain are delicately stacked on top of a black mirror. The motion reactive audio is derived from the friction of these bone-like pieces.

The individual shape, weight and texture causes their edges to catch; their arrangement requires balance, and then they rest with precarious density. The noise they make when they shift is both corrosive and harmonic—sometimes their edges crack, crumble and deteriorate, other times they resonate and ring. While this sculpture exists for the moment in a delicate stasis, the inevitable rearrangement over time will grind the porcelain into dust.

This piece is the official selection for Currents New Media festival in Santa Fe, NM and is currently on exhibit at Form&Concept gallery through Oct. 1, 2022. 

image credit: Byron Flesher

image credit: Byron Flesher

image credit: Byron Flesher

Below is time-lapse footage of the installation process from an install in 2021.