Dante’s Circle

Dante’s Circle is a collaborative audiovisual performance by Nicky Assmann and Robert Pravda in which continuously changing prismatic colors are created by burning copper panels with automated burners. The panels are positioned in a circular spatial setup and played as a live instrument. The sounds coming from the burners and heated plates are used as a source for the soundscape. This soundscape is further spatialized by means of a rotating loudspeaker setup which is placed at the center of the installation. The copper plates function as both the screens for the prismatic visuals as well as the acoustic reflectors for the projected sounds coming from the circle. As artifacts of the performance six burned copper screens will remain.

Dante’s Circle is a commissioned work by Klankvorm and made possible with the support of Creative Industries Fund NL and City of Rotterdam

Concept & Realisation: Nicky Assmann & Robert Pravda

Realisation: Firma Smits, Daan Johan, Lex van den Broek

picture: Pieter Kers | video: Zahra Karimpour