“This Liquid Dream”: An Interview with Aquaphoneia Composer Navid Navab

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, Jan 15, 2018
Michael Montanaro, Navid Navab, Peter van Haaften, Aquaphoneia, 2016
Michael Montanaro, Navid Navab, Peter van Haaften, Aquaphoneia, 2016

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Multidisciplinary composer and media alchemist Navid Navab and his team at the Topological Media Lab based at Concordia University (Montreal) presented Aquaphoneia, a sound installation which transmutes voice into water and water into air at Biennale Nemo in Paris in December 2017 (and will run until March 2018). I conducted this interview in the context of the first presentation of Aquaphoneia originally conceptualized for Ars Electronica 2016: RADICAL ATOMS and the alchemists of our time. This version of the piece looked at technology through the lens of the living materiality. As Prof. Hiroshi Ishii, of the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group, stated, artists “suggest completely new ways of looking at the role of science in our society and the interplay of technology and nature.”

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