Qanat

Microphone, speaker, transducer, carpet, interactive sound installation

9.5 x 12 feet

Qanat is an interactive sound and light installation named after the ancient Iranian underground water channel system. A hidden transducer amplifies the Iranian rug with the sound of water as a pendulum microphone above picks up on the amplified rug, movements and room tone to create a live feedback loop. Viewers may sit, lay or stand on the rug, as they do so, each presence slightly affects the sound. lit by a pin beam light, the central motif of the rug appears to undulate and move. Traditionally, this motif signified a fountain, while the elongated shadow that is cast through it references the mythical "Peacock's Tail" in ancient Iranian and Islamic dome architecture.