Jennifer Hiser – DesCours 2009 – CHIME

This installation, presented for the 2009 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

Inspired by the musical heritage of the city and its recent climatic history, the installation CHIME is designed to specifically live and interact with the New Orleans population.  The original wind chimes were man-made instruments that nature would play.  The contemporary CHIME posits a different structure in that man composes nature to play the device.  CHIME is an inhabitable instrument comprised of glass pendants that float above the participant’s head like a grand chandelier.  While the installation creates resonance and vibration to stimulate our aural and tactile senses, the participant must also alter and.or destroy the initial arrangement of the instrument in order to create a musical composition.