About the Installation

exquisite darkness… whimsical lines… captivating experience.
The Stranger

The Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas Installation is suitable for galleries, museums and other secure public spaces. The multimedia environment of sound by composer Byron Au Yong and light by interactive media artist Randy Moss are installed by the artists in consulation with venue staff after viewing the proposed exhibition area. Also available is a video collage of waterway performances by Jean-Stephane.


The installation is a study on the movement of water using four-channel acoustic recordings and 104 animated LED lights. The music (derived from Bottled Operas and water interludes by Au Yong) and the object (miniature spotlights on a circle of salt by Moss) float in the darkened gallery.

The collaborating artists are available for public programs related to Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas. In addition, live Waterway Performances can be added as public events.

Installation Specifics

four speakers/channels, loop duration circa 41 minutes [variable]

6′ diameter wood circle [in four sections] with 104 LED lights, salt

ceiling-mounted camera over the circular sculpture

Video [optional]
one LCD monitor with DVD player

Computers [two]
one running ProTools, one running custom software

black walls and floors, minimum size 12′ x 16′ x 16′

Installation History

The Sound/Light Installation was created as part of the 2008 Jack Straw New Media Gallery Residency Program and exhibited from September 12 to November 21, 2008.

On September 25, 2008, Au Yong and Moss presented an Artist Talk, with live performance excerpts from opera singer David Stutz and water percussionists Au Yong, Stuart McLeod and Dean Moore.

Installation Press

Dry and Dark, Christopher DeLaurenti, The Stranger, Oct 07, 2008
Installing Bottled Water, David Stutz, The Synthesist, Sept 13, 2008


64 musical miniatures prompted by the 易經 I-Ching (Book of Changes)

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