Hz is a work centered around binaural beats, an auditory illusion that occurs when a specific tone is played into one ear at a base frequency and the identical tone is played into the other ear at a slightly different frequency. The difference between the two frequencies creates the illusion of a third tone, which encourages your brain towards a desired state.
Different frequencies of waves, measured in Hertz (Hz) are associated with different behaviors. Beta waves (12Hz - 40Hz) are associated with thinking and problem solving and occur while awake while Delta waves (0.5Hz - 4Hz) occur during deep sleep and are associated with self healing, intuition and compassion. These are just two examples of the brain waves on the Hertz spectrum.
During Hz, Fly on a Wall broadcasts a real time track of binaural beats. The audience has the opportunity to log onto Fly on a Wall’s website with their personal devices to access this live feed. The track journeys through various frequencies in an attempt to invoke the behavioral associations of each frequency. The artists of Fly on a Wall are also tuned into the frequencies as they perform. Inside the structure of their work, the performers respond to these frequencies, and make choices based on the live stimulus.
Concept and Choreography: Nathan Griswold, Nicole Johnson, Sean Nguyen-Hilton
Performing Artists: Nathan Griswold, Nicole Johnson, Sean Nguyen-Hilton, Jesse Tyler
Music: Jesse Tyler
Text: Nicole Johnson
Costume: Tamara Cobus
Installation: Nathan Griswold, Nicole Johnson, Sean Nguyen-Hilton
Production: Christine Curran, Protect Awesome
Premiere: October 8th 2016 - Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery
The Hambidge Creative Hive, May 26
Cast: Nathan Griswold, Nicole Johnson, Devon Joslin, James LaRussa, Sean Nguyen-Hilton
Atlanta Contemporary, November 3rd - 5th, 2017
Cast: Nathan Griswold,Nicole Johnson, James LaRussa, Sean Nguyen-Hilton