Broken Sound – Gary James Joynes Contemplates Silence and Fragility

Gary James Joynes is an Edmonton-based artist and musician whose interests lie at the intersection of sound and physics. For the last half-decade, Joynes has been investigating cymatics, the process of studying vibration visually, and his ongoing research has yielded works that span performance, photography, and installation; Broken Sound is the latest undertaking in the series. An immersive video installation that recently showed at dc3 Art Projects in Edmonton, it collects several years worth of defunct speaker coils that have been blown during his experimentation with cymatics (which requires loud volumes to create vibrations that generate emergent patterns in particles). Rather than write this expired gear off as collateral damage, Joynes has documented his detritus and created a bespoke shrine to silence.

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