Olivers Jennings audio-visual experiments fuse the living and digital worlds
Oliver Jennings is a hybrid artist that likes to experiment across mediums. Utilising both visual and sonic elements, his work shows what happens when both physical and digital worlds collide. In the past he’s worked with suspension bridges, coffee percolators to reveal the sounds sleeping within. His audio-visual installations are representations of vibration signatures, energy patterns and bio-activity that he has unearthed from innate sources.
Fresh from a headline performance at Barcelona’s MiRA Festival 2014, Oliver has today released a biographical account explaining his transition from an award winning installation at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show “Bio-Symphony: Music of the Plants”, to performing live on stage together with established visual artists Rone and Ochre andalongside the likes of Clark and Max Cooper.
His commissioning for MiRA left many people guessing how this metamorphosis would be achieved, “They wanted to use my approach to explore nature through the digital in their live shows…they were interested to see how my work would transfer onto the big screen.” Utlising architectural modelling software Oliver cut metric shapes and then used a random selection of digital and natural textures to build a layered environment which seems natural but in reality is made up of pixels. “My work deals with the notion that humans have a desire to understand, relate, and communicate with other living things but understand them only in very human ways,” he said. Things are looking up for this young artist who has a bright future ahead of him in the realms of experimental sound design and live performance.
For more information about Oliver’s work, see here (previous commissions include Akkord, Synkro, Mixmag & Make Me)