a renewed commitment to life and decay, always is a participatory audio-visual installation in the Royal College of Music Museum, London.
A collaboration between composer and sculptor. Visitors are confronted with a 100 year old upright piano that has been stripped down, baring its essential components in the soundboard and strings. It is accompanied by a sculptural instrument searching for feedback in the air, its piano wire antenna reaching beyond its confines. Any sound in the air will cause the piano wires to resonate, and this energy is captured by microphone and diffused throughout the Museum through multiple layers of code and technologies.
This installation explores the hidden resonances of the instruments and the air, by using strings and technology to translate the potential sound vibrations into a visual and sonic force not usually experienced at the forefront of our perception.
i am from the atlantic coast of scotland. Air resonance is deep rooted for me, its motion, its power, its changes, its becomingness. This object, or bunch of objects within it, crashing around in the geist space, distrubing the gestalt, constantly becoming.
I was a breaking news journalist. what is in the air is a void, but an active void. what is now, liveness, it is social, political, ecological, geological, anthropological, historical, ethical and philosophical all at one instant.
Lyotard – when no words for unjust, breaks the system, ruptures. See the culture as it is, unreal, Baudrillard’s simulacra and simulation.
Constraints of language, systems, structures, in music, language, society deny the void, but ruptures and clashes within the space allow for new opportunities and threats. Collaborating with not forcing structure can help see this non human other, sometimes human sometimes not. A third space. (Or even more dimensions – physics, Robert Irwin phenomenology, post phenomenology.) I was in the music industry, I was interested in interaction, choice, not forcing, allowing, collaborating appeals to my curiosity for insight into what is happening around me and can often reflect back in me.
During Covid I have become more aware of the moving spheres of existence. I have been exploring the space between. Drawings and models of sculptures have depended on finding boundaries and edges, lines and them being shaky, unstable, sqiggly, categories and their failure in completion, or their disturbance, or multiple differing events, helps to see through their structures, visible and invisible.
grids, edges, squiggles and circles and the space between them all – in the clashes and ruptures, vibrations, feedback this is where the action happens, in the active void.
I am interested in other nonhuman entities and using human tech and tools to communicate, its failure highlight for me the structures of human communication, the distance from real, the seeming naiveity of even seeking truth today. Tech produces partial truths and partial simulation, partial simulacra, partial sensationalism, and partial certainty, a belief that the whole truth is available (in tech/science/human).
Long Rhythms – air time – real, truth, indexical, elemental.
Response: The way forward appears to be circular: loops, bubbles and circles. And friction, which need not be not fun: ruptures can lead to better circles. Beware of creating apparent dead ends. Rethink everything. Make everything green. It may feel disorientating, embrace it, reshape, redefine. Energy, power, economics, media, tech drives change. Hearts and minds care about community and support. Fear, nurturing, empathy for the suffering, positive energy for greener change. Uselessness is a sign, a call to action, get to the system and change. It will change without you, so take a bit of power to protect what you value. Then loop round and do it again until there are swirling circles looping in 3D luminescent bubbles all around. Is that why stonehenge is a closed circle? Have we been telling ourselves this before?
My individual action feels useless against the huge climate, but scale up to species level and 1 billion human actions has impact. Good or bad, our individual choice, for now. Choice, if we want to claim it, is in the balance, if we change ecology, ecology will be changed. We can’t expect to continue as we are, but we can make a choice to continue what we want, and reverse the harm. Even if just in seemingly stupid little ways.
UN figures show that 137 women across the world are killed every day by a partner or member of their own family – a total of 50,000 women a year murdered by people they know and should be able to trust.
Salt (any type, at least 180 miles from Himalayas) Underpaid worker to mine (home carer would do) Explosives, hand tools (do not use machines) Rock (local stone) Water (local tap)
Method: Mix salt in water until it does not dilute any more. If rock is too large to carry, place explosive in a drilled hole first. Pour mixture over rock (mimic rock in sea) Wait a few days (for human-made sea water to dehydrate away) Chip away crystals and package (preferably in plastic) Ship around the world (before consuming)
TIP: You may need to prevent local animal from licking stone