ALP ÇOKSOYLUER

What kind of a relationship do you think there is, or should be, between humanity and sound waves?

Actually this answer should not only be limited to humanity; if we were to look at the larger scale, everything in the universe has a resonance frequency. For instance, Schumann Resonances is the vibration of the gap between ionosphere and earth at the 7.8,14, 20, 26, 33, 39, and 45-Hertz range, and this vibration effects natural events. Much like these frequencies around the earth, humans as well have their resonance frequencies. Sound waves are formed by the vibrations of root harmonics and their sub harmonics, and have complex structures like the way in which the layers surrounding earth are composed of vibrations of various frequencies. In a way humans are just like vibrating sound waves, as we directly or indirectly affect each other’s frequencies.

Could your briefly describe your work for “Waves” exhibition? How did you design this project?

I found the inspiration for this project in my own life, my experiences, and my observations. Since I live in the city I am always aware of the density. The mechanicness, filth, addiction, hunger, robotization, and oxygen’s smell of tar that infiltrates our lives, the yearning for the missing, and the resonance of all these things… A vibration within the constant tension is always present. More often than not, people do not see the way in which they affect one another. This tense energy to be around is enough to change our frequencies; we are all affected by this as it spreads with each wave. Knowingly or unknowingly we all affect one another with our energies. In short, everything in universe is connected and even the smallest vibration affects the whole. “Resonare~” is a project that aims to depict this phenomenon.

How do you conceptualize waves in your work?

In any given environment, sound waves spread as they advance. An example that we are all familiar with is a pebble thrown to a pond: the ripples the pebble creates grow as the distance from the center point increases. Another example would be the way in which a piece of stone will stay hanging in the air through resonance created by applying the right frequency from four sides. The energy we pick up from an individual we transfer to another. Even though this is a process

of natural components, when used with a purpose to affect the system, our behavior becomes controlled and subconscious as if we have been hypnotized. One can start building a tense environment from any point as it will spread wave by wave. Sales strategies of corporations, governments’ social perception managements… Without being able to predict the actual outcome of the resonances they aim for, the operations of their designs affect all of us. These are also called morphic resonance spaces, for even if we were to be mere bystanders and stay stable, the two or more frequencies affect our frequencies and influence them.

Do the dancers involved in your project have a pre-determined choreography?

We do have a roadmap we will take as our reference point but the process itself will be improvised; since it is impossible to predict what kind of a resonance we’ll come across.

What kind of an affect the dancers’ moves will have in terms of sound and visuals? For instance will there be a difference in sound and visuals if the dancer were to make robotic moves rather than limber motions?

I am using basic sinus waves for sound. There is an oscillator for each dancer and the camera system we’ve set up to capture the dancer’s movements will be changing their frequencies. To add an element of the organic sensor, I too will be altering the sinus waves of the performance. Alongside the three oscillator, together we will be listening to and watching the resonance that will be created in the acoustics of the space.

What kind of an experience would you say awaits the viewer? Did you have the objective to guide them towards a certain thought, feeling, awareness, or reaction? Or have you worked on this project without any intentions and will just see the outcome during and after the performance?  

My work shows that in the micro scale how everything is unique like a fingerprint but rather functionless, and how they are the same and functional in the macro scale. It depicts the way in which the resonances affect everything in the universe. In this context “resonare~” aims to create awareness.