ATOM is an audiovisual live performance of musician and composer Robert Henke (aka Monolake) and visual artist Christopher Bauder.
A room is filled with deep, evolving noises from a four-channel sound system. An eight-by-eight array of white, self-illuminated spheres floats in space like the atoms of a complex molecule.
Through the variable positioning and illumination of each atom, a dynamic display sculpture comes into being, made up of physical objects, patterns of light, and synchronous rhythmic and textural sonic events. Change, sound, and movement converge into a larger form.
The height of the helium balloons is adjusted by using a computer-controlled cable, while the internal illumination is accomplished with dimmable super-bright LEDs, creating a pixel in a warped 8×8 spatial matrix.
Sonic events, patterns of light, and the movement of the balloons are manipulated in real-time as a performance lasting between 45-60 minutes or as a continuous ambient installation.
ATOM has been shown at many international events and venues, including Siggraph USA, Berghain Club Berlin, STRP Festival Netherlands, Centre Pompidou Paris France, MUTEK Festival Montreal Canada, MUTEK MX Mexico, TRAMA Festival Porto Portugal, UnSound Festival Crakow Poland and Arma17 in Moscow Russia.