Dario Alejandro Narvaez
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Light Stories in Rhythm

A lighting sculpture

Personal Art project - 2019

Influenced by my personal relation with the profound beauty of classical and instrumental music, as the ‘light’ that has inspired the creation of ideas, thoughts, abstract images and designs, Light Stories in Rhythm is a lighting sculpture that embody these memories through the subtle dance and movements of the reflected light that constantly mutates, as the enlighten flux of my thoughts and ideas harmoniously responds to the tonal undulations of the notes with rhythm.

 

One the project’s goals is to bring back the performative and sensorial qualities of music that have been lost with the advent of new technologies, resulting in compressed, low quality reproductions. The mysticism of the act of playing and hearing music has been reduced to simple and binary activation inputs: on-off, play and stop, relegating the physicality and the relevance of the player apparatus as a now invisible medium.

Light Stories in Rhythm exhibited at The New School - New York City- 2019

I often go to concerts performed by the New York Philharmonic, or attend jazz jam sessions. These are unique moments; the music gets another character.  There is a creative machinery in progress involving the representation of compositions, improvisation, connecting with other musicians, following a rhythm, a sequence, a chord…it is a proactive activity…music and instruments aren’t simply played…they are also being felt. I usually seat in the upper tier in the David Geffen Hall with my sketchbook and a pen ... the light that focuses the stage and the artists ... the music that transforms my thoughts into ideas and creations.

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As once Picasso said, “Music and art are the guiding lights of the world”, this functional light fixture also proposes a new relation with traditionally “dead objects” that only seem to fulfill one function. As a former Industrial Designer, this piece also aims to delve into the correlation and collision of multiple sensorial inputs that go beyond the mere functionality, but that suppose new and unique bonds, that also break and critic the superficial task of designing a sculptural lamp and symbolic music players.

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The object, that perhaps seems immutable at first glance, is a collection of wooden tubes which aesthetic language evoke my memories of the traditional instruments of the Andes: drums, flutes and zampoña, inert elements that come alive through the dancing playing around fire.