Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Completion date: 2016
Artwork budget: $5,000
Specifications: 18 aluminium posts of 10x10x220 cm including: Arduino electronics, battery, RGB power LED lights, capacitive touch sensor, audio amplifier, speaker, space.
Collaborations: Chantal Vos (concept) With help from RDM Makerspace, Muziek op de Dommel and Future Flux Festival
Exhibitions: Muziek op de Dommel 2016 Future Flux Festival 2016
The works of Jonas Vorwerk often explore the capacity of music to bring people together. Muziek Bos (eng. Music Forest) is an installation that brings this search to a new, spatial dimension. The artwork takes a form of a collaborative instrument installed in public space that inspire people to create music with the intensity of movement and touch.
Eighteen posts of different sounds are distributed in space to create an unusual soundscape and influence the context in which they are placed. The music and the artwork become an excuse for the artist to interrupt the usual rhythm and tempo of the city and invite the public to enter an imaginary world of their own.
It encourages them to stop and act as an orchestra rather than a group of soloists. The forest in this case is both a reference to the spatial form of the work, but also to the idea of detaching from the urban monotony, routine and individualism. It is a forest in which every tree has its own sound, but only together they can make a concert.