Pareidolia is an ever-evolving sonic dissection. Currently it takes the form of an installation and interactive performance.
The project began as a study of the aqueduct and reservoir systems of Lisbon. I focussed in on the sonic properties of these places that interested me, from the gentle trickling noise captured underwater using a hydrophone at Mae d'Agua to the swirling reverberation of the connecting tunnels deep underneath Lisbon. As I also documented these spaces visually with a series of double exposure photographs I started to see patterns and reflections of human anatomy in the hidden corners and forgotten cracks in the cold stone skin. I saw Mae d'Agua (mother of water) as a personification of this. She, a sleeping beast, lying in wait under the city, once serving Lisbon with the lifeblood of water, her veins and arteries branching out as tunnels under the skin of the city. I transposed these anatomical patterns in to melodies and created graphic scores mapping out her beautiful and lifeless body.
She is now trampled by tourists preserved for no purpose, she is effected by their footsteps, slowly carving out cracks and the smear of hands on her solid stone skin, wearing her down.
My performance is her live sonic dissection, surgery as theatre. Using plaster casts taken from my own body as sound triggers I build up a soundscape using field recordings and my experiments with the sonic properties of water. I then interact with the audience, taking spine rubbings using microphone gloves, and listening in and amplifying the sounds from their bodies. The audience leaves their mark on the project, a reflection of the physical impact of tourists on the sprawling aqueduct systems of Lisbon.
My blog documents my continuing process www.mollymacleodartist.tumblr.com