Sound studio

Arter presents Bill Fontana’s sound installation


Arter presents American artist Bill Fontana’s first solo exhibition in Turkey, titled ‘Resounding Io’, the fifth edition of the ‘Sound Art Projects’ series.


Organized by Melih Fereli, the exhibition is the world premiere of the eponymous work commissioned by Arter.

Fontana is internationally known for its pioneering experiments in the field of sound. He has always used sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces.

Applying his knowledge of composition, he extracts sound patterns from the natural and man-made worlds to create sound works capable of evoking visual images in the mind of the listener.

The multi-channel sound and video installation is a unique addition to Fontana’s “Acoustical Visions” series, which explores the image that a sound “makes” and the sound that an image “creates”.

“Resounding Io” is based on research investigations carried out by Fontana in Istanbul, during which the artist made videos and sound recordings, some underwater, in many places along the Bosphorus, as well as in two Byzantine cisterns, namely the Theodosian Cistern and the Basilica Cistern. .

The relocation of the sound data collected by Fontana to Istanbul with a portable recording studio, consisting of an 8-channel digital recorder, acoustic microphones, hydrophones and accelerometers, was carried out by broadcasting them via loudspeakers. speakers in the Basilica Cistern at night, which generated an incredible response from the huge voids/vaults of the structure, a variety of reverberations, which in turn were recorded as the final composition through a method called “resonant”.


The work is titled in reference to the mythological story of Io, which gave its name to the Bosphorus. Io, in Greek mythology, was considered the first priestess of Hera, the wife of Zeus. Zeus fell in love with Io and, to protect her from Hera’s wrath, changed her into a white heifer. Hera then sent a gadfly to torment Io, who therefore wandered all over the earth, crossed the Ionian Sea trying to flee from the gadfly and swam in the strait which was thereafter known as the Bosphorus (literally meaning Ox-Ford).

Taking full advantage of the advanced technical features of Arter’s Karbon performance space, “Resounding Io” creates a sensual and dynamic world, where visitors are invited to participate in an immersive experience, which will transform their perception of time and space. space through audiovisual compositions.

The exhibition will be on view until December 4.


Relationship between image and sound

Many of Fontana’s works create live listening networks that collect information from sources as diverse as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the Millennium Bridge in London, the beaches of Normandy, the fog horns in San Francisco, the ancient forests, hydroelectric turbines and urban environments. .

From the late 1990s to the present, Fontana’s projects have explored hybrid listening technologies using acoustic microphones, underwater sensors (hydrophones), and structural/material sensors (accelerometers). His most recent works are explorations of the relationship between image and sound, expressed through the combined mediums of audio and video.

He has produced sound sculptures, public art commissions and radio projects for museums and broadcasting organizations around the world.


In 2013, he was awarded the “Prix Ars Electronica [email protected]”, an award that propels digital creativity to new dimensions by colliding the minds of scientists and the imaginations of artists. Acoustic Time Travel was created during his residency alongside a CERN cosmologist and transformed the Large Hadron Collider into the largest acoustic instrument in the world.