Black Hole Horizon

Thom Kubli 
2012-2015

Emotion: Expectation

Black Hole Horizon is a kinetic installation composed of three sculptures of varying sizes, reminiscent of ship horns, emerging in exponential funnels. These sculptures have the ability to generate sounds using compressed air; with each tone, large soap bubbles are emitted from the funnels. Growing in size with the duration of the sound, they eventually detach from the horn and float through the room until they burst at an unpredictable moment and location in space. The title, Black Hole Horizon, refers to the astrophysical phenomenon of the event horizon, a boundary in spacetime beyond which events are no longer perceptible to the human observer.
The soap bubbles, sometimes reaching the size of a person, can travel over twenty meters, depending on thermal conditions. In line with Kubli’s interest in working with composition software, he created an algorithm that uses probability and chance operations to control the three sculptures. Each bubble is never identical to the others; their unpredictable movements and spatial situation create a different experience each time. Black Hole Horizon becomes a captivating fusion of sound, movement, and chance, transforming the spectator into a participant in an ever-evolving artistic narrative.

 

Biography

Swiss-German composer and artist Thom Kubli is known for his installation art and sculptures, with a distinctive emphasis on deploying sound as a pivotal element. His creative practice incorporates digital technologies and material configurations that intricately enhance viewers’ spatial perception. Based in Berlin, Kubli’s multidisciplinary approach blends composition, sculpture, and conceptual strategies. His installation pieces are known for their unique integration of sound, adding a sensory layer to the visual experience. Kubli’s body of work frequently delves into digital innovations, probing sensitive facets of social dynamics.

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