Affected by your presence, a rope creates physical waves floating in front of you, hitting your perception as sound & light at once

Due to its particular features, any space has a way of relating with sounds, understanding sound like a series of compressions and decompressions which move through the air, so that the geometry of the space itself and the elements in it will influence the movements of the sound and finally our perception of it.

The installation examines how we interpret our position in a sonic landscape. The room and its elements create a stationary system for the sound to travel through, but the most minimal movement on our part creates a chaos of infinite variables.

The installation

The installation reacts to those who watch it. When the audience moves around it they influence the movements of the rope, generating visual and acoustic waves from harmonic patterns to complex ones.

Depending on how we may act in front of it, according to the number of observers and their movements, it will pass from a steady line without sound to chaotic shapes of irregular sounds (the more movement there is around the installation) through the different phases of sinusoidal waves and harmonic sounds; examining the action-reaction principle applied to sound and space.

The engines

The installation uses two motors to oscillate a length of rope creating a visual reminiscent of a digital waveform while creating its whipping hum from the motion of the rope cutting through the air at different speeds.

Sound & Light

But even though this could seem like a mere representation of what we can’t see by ourselves, it connects with our most visceral side, combining the intangible beauty of the represented graphic with the brutality of the sound it produces, creating a hypnotic environment of audible results and unique visual stimulations.

It establishes a relationship with the public, who begin to discover that their movements have an influence on the space and its sounds, alternating states of great agitation with others when they stop to see how the wave disappears in space like a whistle in the wind.

Interfaced commissions

Over the years different custom installations have been commissioned along with an interface to be able to manipulate the Waves, either by me or the staff for a more performance type of show like in the Soho House Istambul, or directly by the audience like on the Science Museums of London and Barcelona; while the original edition (motion tracking) is reserved for Art Museums, collectors and exhibitions.


Waves is the studio’s longest-running project. Since 2006 different versions of it have been presented and commissioned in the context of art exhibitions, science institutions and advertising campaigns with different aesthetics and custom interfaces.

Since

  • 2006

Thanks to

  • Fred Adam
  • David Cuartielles
  • Luis Girao
  • Montserrat Jiménez
  • Javier Morcillo
  • Nohemi Gonzalez
  • …and to the 1st ‘Interactivos?’ team

Supported by

  • MediaLab Madrid

Awarded by

  • VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Competition

Exhibited at

  • Ars Electronica
  • ZKM
  • MEIAC
  • FILE Sao Paulo
  • Neue Galerie Graz
  • National Art Museum of China

Commissioned by

  • Nike
  • Adidas
  • Nissan
  • Yamaha
  • Verizon

Collection of

  • London Science Museum
  • CosmoCaixa Science Museum
  • Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo