Festival Location: St Nicholas’ Kirk.  SNK 4 on your festival map.



A ‘kinetic harmonic oscillator’ sculpture, creating a hypnotic sound and light experience in the main Kirk.

Situated in St Nicholas Kirk, Pentatono is a kinetic light and sound sculpture, where harmony and periodicity are the fundamental elements. Motion, sound and light; all are obeying the laws of the harmonic oscillation.

Five acrylic balls hanging from optical fibres, form five pendulums that are moving in the space using the thrust of small propellers. When a pendulum passes from the equilibrium position (the middle of the motion path) it emits a light pulse and sound tone. Each pendulum is “tuned” in a different note of a natural pentatonic scale. The lengths and hence the periods of the pendulums are accurately adjusted to form visual traveling waves, standing waves and quasi chaos.



yiannis kranidiotis headshotYiannis Kranidiotis is new media artist and musician whose work explores the relationship between light and sound by creating spaces and experiences where both coexist and interact. This requires a cross-disciplinary work with sound, visual arts, coding, electronics and physics which at the same time reveals the inseparable relationship between science and art. His work has been presented in many festivals and exhibitions like Made in NY Media Center (New York), B-Seite Festival (Germany), Rome Media Festival 2016 (Rome), ISEA 2016 (Hong Kong), ISEA 2015 (Vancouver), MADATAC 06 (Madrid), Lumen Prize 2016 Global Tour, Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 Longlist, Athens Digital Arts Festival 2015, Onassis Cultural Center (Athens), LUNDA Gallery (St. Petersburg, Russia) and more. Many websites and magazines have published articles about his work including “Google Cultural Institute“, “The Creators Project“, “Gizmodo“,  “Open Culture“, “Hyperallergic“, “Bigthink” and “Konstvärlden”. He has also composed music for short films and theatre.

He has a BS in Physics from University of Partas and M.Sc. in Optics from Essex University. He lives and works in Athens.





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