FFF – musical score for four fluorescent tubes

Marek Slipek

A monument is unveiled that shows two naked young men talking on the phone – such a display of nudity might well have caused a real scandal a century ago.

In honor of Philipp Reis, German inventor of the telephone and piezo microphone, FFF, Marek Slipek’s light and sound installation, briefly illuminates and silhouettes the two young men like a flash lightning storm suggesting the éclat of the age.

The lightning flashes are accompanied by the clicking of the four fluorescent tubes. They acoustically form a random rhythm, reminiscent of the clicking of cameras. Each fluorescent tube seems to have a mind of its own, both visibly and audibly switching light on and off at varying intervals. Thus, each fluorescent tube creates its own rhythm; together they interacting to form a musical score. Although each fluorescent tube is based on random processes, our brain cannot help but seek patterns in the pulsating installation – thus creating an individual picture for each viewer.

Marek Slipek

Marek Slipek, designer, digital artist and electronic musician, works mainly in the field of generative design and visuals. His design work has garnered such renowned awards as the Type Directors Club New York, or the Red Dot Award and is to be heard and seen at such media art festivals as B-Seite or STFU, or at Fulldome-Festivals in Jena, Kassel or Brussels, as well as in clubs such as Vangarde or Disco Zwei. As a noise musician he acts as Cernlab and High Memory Area.


FFF – musical score for four fluorescent tubes

Lichtkunst Outdoor

  • 12.–15.03.20, 19–23 Uhr
  • Philipp-Reiss-Denkmal, Eschenheimer Anlage, 60318 Frankfurt am Main

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