The Wind Catcher













“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” — Ecclesiastes 1:14

A sound performance using wind as instrument.

Performaned at:
Currents New Media 2021 Festival

ReFest 2020, @CultureHub NYC

ITP NIME 2019, @Paper Box, Brooklyn



Category:NIME, performance
Type: Individual
Year: 2019

Tools:
Ableton, Nano BLE 33, Lavalier microphones, electric fans, bottles and tubes

Sound Mixing: Chenyu Sun

Special Thanks To:
Merche Blasco, Luisa Pereira, Mimi Yin, Huiyi Chen, Chelsea Chen, Yang Yang, ITP NIME Residents


The Wind Catcher is an sound performance that interprets the absurdity of human’s efforts to find meanings in seemingly insignificant matters through defining goals, setting rules and executing tasks. It asks that what really matters to us if everything we do is just a chasing after the wind.

The performance uses the invisible wind as the major source of sound and found objects as instruments. The Wind Catcher travels to different places to explore different kinds of wind as her/his job. With a set of self-made tools, the character intervenes with, records and composes the sound of wind on the site as a regular routine. At the end of the routine, the character looks on what his/her hands had labored to achieve, he/she wonders — what it is that I get?

While using wind as a metaphor, it explores the acoustic affordance of air movement through the intervention of found objects and audio feedbacks.


Performance @CultureHub Refest 2020








Performance @Paper Box, 2019







Photo Credit: Tong Wu






Instrument & Stage Design









Sound Investigation









Hardware: Wearble midi controller




@2020 wenjing liu