Four

 Texas's First Digitally Interactive Sound Temple

Utilizing architecture, new technology, and light design, 
FOUR aims to honor the sacred elements that are
Earth, Wind, Water and Fire in hopes of inspiring
a new generation of earth defenders and creatives.


Age: 27
Beta Date: November 11, 2016
Location: Carver Center, San Antonio, Texas
Collaborators: Ellie Pritts & Arturo Vilchis Design

  Digital representation of 'Air'   Each bar acts as a key on a piano, activating sound to the touch.   Up to Four users at one time can play simultaneous sounds,  creating a unique orchestra of sound, theoretically with a stranger!     

Digital representation of 'Air'

Each bar acts as a key on a piano,
activating sound to the touch. 

Up to Four users at one time can play simultaneous sounds, 
creating a unique orchestra of sound, theoretically with a stranger!
 

 

A sacrament to the Elements.

Everything Saakred [...] does is chillingly original. They manage to surf the waves of indigenous sounds, the avant garde and the experimental in unexpected ways, with the intensity of a person who lives in their own magical world.
— Enrique Lopetegui, San Antonio Current
  Digital rendering of 'Fire' in user's hand    UIX Programming : Ellie Pritts Sound/Design : Saakred

Digital rendering of 'Fire' in user's hand


UIX Programming : Ellie Pritts
Sound/Design : Saakred

In collaboration with international photographer Ellie Pritts and local architect Arturo Vilchis, multimedia artist and musician Saakred builds upon their 2013 Luminaria installation, Alumbramiento with FOUR. FOUR aims to create a fully immersive experience by creating a temple in which four participants have the opportunity to create an original, digital sound piece. Through new technology, participants will have the unique opportunity of collaborating with three other strangers, making this San Antonio’s first digitally interactive orchestra. FOUR acts as a microcosm for the unpredictable entropic and harmonious movements of the Earth, while providing a hands on experience on experimental sound production. This installation aims at creating both contemplative and interactive actions in efforts of promoting and honoring ancient wisdoms that acknowledge the importance of the four seasons, four directions and four elements of planet Earth.

 

**Phase One premiered November 11, 2016 at
Luminaria Arts Festival in San Antonio, Texas.

 
 

about the artists: 

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Ellie Pritts

Internationally recognized photographer for Vice, Pitchfork, SPIN, NME, and recently featured in TIME Magazine's "100 Photographers to Follow". Founder of Hippo, the world's first photo collaboration app.

Arturo Vilchis

Mexican architect, filmmaker & photographer, born in Monterrey and currently based in San Antonio, TX.