Fish Poems: Documentation from My Recent Installations

Hastily-made documentary of my show at Titanik-Galleria here in Turku, and some photos…thanks again to all the people who visited the show and to my friends here in Turku for so much help and support…I learned a lot from this!

Fish Poems: Documentation from the Installations from Jorge Boehringer on Vimeo.

A step behind the waterfall grants access to the alien birdbath. Being stung by two bees twice in two days is lucky if I say it is.

This is a short film that attempts to capture or re-create something of the feel of the four installations that were part of my exhibition Fish Poems at the Titanik Gallery in Turku, Finland.

From Titanik’s website (
Näyttelyni tiivistää suuria etäisyyksiä ja toisaalta asettaa pieniä asioita suurennuslasin alle. Muutamat kokemukset irtoavat ajasta ja toiset taas laajenevat jatkuvaksi läsnäoloksi.
Yritän ymmärtää joitakin havaintokykyni puolia. Korvaan, abstrahoin ja muovaan havaittuja asioita tai havaittuja tapahtumaketjuja elektronisilla toisinnoilla ja edelleen rinnastan niitä keskenään uusiksi kokonaisuuksiksi.

This exhibition simultaneously compresses large distances and magnifies small things. It takes some experiences out of time and expands others into a continuous now. I am attempting to understand some aspects of my perception by replacing the perceived object with electronic simulacra, or by abstracting and modeling those perceived systems of events, and juxtaposing them into new configurations.

Below are some photos and comments about the works that appeared in the show….they should shed some light on what can be seen from another perspective in the film.



outside at the opening, with Tango band in position…



these are installation views from my piece Electric Islands (Archipelago)

Sensors on the windows communicated with the islands – triggering synthesized sounds of running water, various coastal weather conditions (wind, crashing sea that sort of thing), and electronic bird song modeled after the birds on the other side of the window along the River Aura.  The windows themselves were also made to sing back to the birds, echo the insects, or reflect raindrop sounds (even thunder) according to weather conditions on the other side of the glass.  All of this sound was synthesized using Pure Data software.  The islands also occasionally vibrated out tones that excited resonances from inside the room itself, interfering with one another and bringing a sense of the indoors into this outdoors/indoors pseudo-biosphere.  It looked nice at night because each island also had a “lighthouse”, but this is best seen in the video, above.

google “enhanced” this one…with “motion” :

“small hills from great mountains descend” – an installation that seemed permanently under construction, which documents its own process of de-construction in terms of its body and hidden sonic accompaniment.  A “mess with the sound of its own making”.  Sonic history of a rolling stone.


above, and installation view from “Stair”…

…which was a series of movies of a tiny waterfall blown up to gigantic proportion…again with a completely synthesized soundtrack – but one that at first might sound totally natural…a waterfall of light and sound that is first invisible but once passed through can be seen for what it is, moments of vibration.  A first blast of light and white noise upon entering the room gives way as the viewer navigates her or himself to be able to see the image.  One finds oneself then behind the waterfall/noise curtain, with only low rumbling bass tones flickering in and out of existence (like frames in a projected film).

below, a still and installation view from B Movie (Habitat Observation Platform)


B Movie (Habitat Observation Platform) was a set of short films, shot with the fantasy of being from the perspective of the small swarming creatures that inhabit these plants during the hot summer months.  The soundtrack, which one listened too on headphones was a simultaneously soothing and harsh chorus of synthesized bee-sounds which spun around the head of the listener, placing them in the flower.  The poem and song accompanying this piece in the film, above, where not part of the installation but included because the poem was created as a call to some friends in Turku to participate in a collaborative piece being created at the same time as this exhibition, and touching on the same themes, to a certain extent…

during construction…


installing sensors and then pleading with the raspberry pi computer to run my program (admittedly, very badly written)….



studio shot, a tech-selfie just for nostalgia’s sake:

Jorge Boehringer on amerikkalainen säveltäjä, muusikko, taiteilija. Suurien ja pienien pintojen tutkija. Boehringer luo performansseja, äänityksiä, installaatioita, moniulotteisia esineitä ja visuaalisia ilmiöitä. Beohringerin työt tarjoavat erilaisia kokemuksia ja palasia todellisuudesta. “Multiple systems of events, appearing and disappearing, and evolving at their own rates.” on lause jota hän tykkää käyttää toidensä kuvailuun.

Jorge viettää kaksi kuukautta Titanik A.i.R. -residenssissä


Jorge Boehringer is an composer, artist, musician, and researcher exploring large scale landscapes and microscopic layers of process and form and how they interact with perceptual experience. Utilizing a protean platform for experimentation and presentation, Boehringer creates performances, recordings, music, installations, texts, three-dimensional objects, and visual phenomena. Inspired by, and at times modeled after observed environmental processes and structures Boehringer’s work offers an experience of reality presented as a textural field. “Multiple systems of events, appearing and disappearing, and evolving at their own rates…” is a phase Boehringer uses to describe both the material world and our experiences of it. Structures and processes which, when apprehended from diverse frames of reference or differing orders of magnitude, offer the experience of multiple states of complexity, creating the presence of the world before us. Through the use of immersive sound and visual environments, as well those small, silent, and/or singular, which are only noticeable through single points of focused perception, or which may be so tentative as to barely exist at all, an opportunity to explore shifts in one’s awareness is offered. Continuous sound of long duration, changing densities across time and space, repetition and layering, and on the other hand, chaotic aperiodicity are used by Boehringer to provoke a phenomenological ripple in the moment of experience of his works. Simplicity and complexity wink and one another, and trade places. Boehringer is also known on occasion to make drawings of alien-cyborg bunny rabbits, sculptures out of tape and light bulbs, and write songs either about animals, or with mystical texts.



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