Paroxysm is an interactive light-installation exhibited at Norbergfestival in Sweden.
The dimensional relationships in our surroundings can be realised through our spatial practice, where audial impressions command the way sounds of a particular location interact with our perception, imagination and memory.
Paroxysm is a mesh of light constructed and activated by surrounding noises made by the Mimerlaven site itself and its spectators. By drawing on spatial relationships, its features aim to invite others to partake with their individual experience of space through sound. When meaning is generated and shared through spatial and embodied cognition, it amplifies a construction of a reality that is active, dynamic, collaborative and co-evolutionary in our highly individualised society.
The space, the installation and the participants are together seen as one entity, where the participants are a part of the space, absorbed by it and also subjected to it. These parts are merely a pattern in an indivisible web of relationships. The outcome may be a form of collective paroxysm, a co-emergent awareness, where existence is a mutually influential correlation with the continuous transformative environment.
Norbergfestival is located at the defunct ore mine extraction site Mimerlaven, located centrally in the town of Norberg. The festival hosts events of contemporary, experimental and electronic music and open encounters between artists, volunteers and visitors in Scandinavia. The installation was exhibited at Krossverket, a concrete room located in the basement of the Mimerlaven ore mine facility. The room has a natural cavernous reverb, with further trails of long reverberation emanating from the adjacent mining hall and unknown spaces above and below.