Turbulent Forms


Turbulent Forms is an exhibition of work by artist and composer Dan Tapper exploring the universe through chaos and cosmology. The works are inspired and derived from physical data gathered by space organisations and physicists as well as using thought experiments, illustrative techniques and imagination to create parallels and appreciation of complex, abstract and theorised concepts.

The exhibition was presented for the month of August 2017 at the Canadian Music Centre, Toronto, Canada and included large form artworks and installation with accompanying sound pieces created using data collected from space.

“In Turbulent Forms, space–time is bent through huge forces of energy, spinning supernovas cast fragments of light and the cosmic microwave background (CMB) is transformed through processes of generation loss. Each work is created through systematic and symbiotic approaches to sound, visual, physical installation and composition, creating an immersive experience.” – Program note from Turbulent Forms

The exhibition also includes three new works commissioned from Toronto-based artists and composers: Bekah Ann Simms, Allison Cameron and Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh. These where presented alongside a program of Dan Tapper’s work to highlight the opening of the exhibition and the launch of NOVA by Dan Tapper – an installation mapping the history of supernova events through light and sound.

Documentation for the show is available as audio via Bandcamp, additional documentation includes a film detailing the NOVA installation and a 52 page book detailing the art, creative process and artistic background of Turbulent Forms – this book can be purchased digitally through buying Turbulent Forms on Bandcamp and as a limited edition physical copy printed at 8.5 * 11 on 216 GSM Matt paper and comes with a 4 * 6 metallic print from the Space Gardens series presented in Turbulent Forms. Click here to find out more and purchase a physical copy!

Turbulent Forms builds on a previous version of the show presented at the Factory Media Centre, Hamilton, Canada in April 2016. More information on this version of the show here: Turbulent Forms, 2016

Turbulent Forms was presented by the Canadian Music Centre and New Adventures in Sound Art, and funded by Arts Council England and the British Council.

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