Opening: July 5, 2017 | 7-10PM
Exhibition: July 6-September 3, 2017
Studio 209
ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Vibrational sculpture | installation
Duration: 8” loop
Alba Triana

Based on the fundamental notion that all physical bodies vibrate, Microcosmos was conceived as what the artist calls a vibrational sculpture; a piece in which energy is used to excite an object, in this case a cymbal, in order to poetically explore it’s vibrational modes, the natural and characteristic patterns in which an object vibrates, its fundamental physical properties.

A cymbal is excited to amplify, sonically and visually, its intrinsic resonance modes, making them perceivable, revealing a hidden Microcosmos of vibration which becomes the material of an eight-minute loop composition.

At the beginning of the piece, the cymbal vibrates in a quiet resonance mode, displaying a four node pure wave around it’s contour. As the piece unfolds, it evolves through different levels of excitation, allowing the cymbal’s harmonic richness to be heard and seen, evoking a choreography.

Behind the sculpture, the shade of the vibrating cymbal is seen on a two dimensional luminous circle. This bidimensional plain completes and reinforces the multidimensional nature of the work: A musical piece, taking form of a sculpture, is reflected in a bidimensional plane, encompassing the temporal, the visual and the spacial.

Microcosmos reflects the composer’s use of her practice to penetrate and explore nature, specially it’s intangible aspects, hoping to better understand how nature’s traits and behaviors are linked to the very existence and development of music and poetic expression.


Subtropics XXIV is possible with support from City of Miami Beach’s Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council; with additional support from Miami-Dade County, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and by the Blank Family Foundation. SFCA [] would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Sennheiser, leaders in superior sound technology. Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) supports Subtropics XXIV through the Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE).