In-Between Mark Gustavson

“In-Between” is an audio-visual collaboration between American composer Mark Gustavson and Canadian media artist Chris Myhr.

Gustavson’s 2-channel electroacoustic composition presents two complementary musical characters that appear consecutively, yet never overlap in time. Myhr’s visual component presents a mediating characterization that cycles somewhere in-between the two discrete-yet-interconnected musical elements.

Imagery consists of macro HD video of particles vibrating on scientific Chladni plates, time-lapse sequences of evaporating water collected from sections of Lake Ontario contaminated with blue-green algae, as well as other footage captured above and below various bodies of water in Central and Eastern Canada.

The film explores themes of liminality and contradiction; simultaneous becoming/disappearing; transmission/reception; organization/entropy; and aims to make sensible that which operates between polarities — the forces that make things whole, yet paradoxically multifaceted and fragmented.

Special thanks to Chris Howard and Jean-François Charles.

  • Year of composition: 2020
  • Genre: Mixed
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: scientific Chladni plates
  • Software used: Pro Tools, macro HD video
  • Duration of the submitted work: 20:36