Several possible explorations of sound in space and in art through three different forms or supports: in a visual arts context, in a music context and through writing. The first aspect of the project takes place simultaneously in three galleries. The second is a night of sound and music performances. The last facet takes a written format in a Sound Art issue of Resonance Magazine. Two radio programs will introduce the artists' work and broadcast a discussion around the issue of presentation and reception of sound art.
Jem Finer, Mathias Gmachl (farmersmanual), Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Douglas Henderson, Brandon LaBelle, o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi), Dawn Scarfe, Michael J Schumacher.
SIX SITES FOR SOUND involves several possible explorations of sound in space and in art through three different forms or supports: in a visual arts context, in a music context and through writing. The first aspect of the project takes place simultaneously in three galleries in the East End, and present new works by British artist Jem Finer and New York based sound artists Keiko Uenishi aka o.blaat and Michael J. Schumacher.
Alma Enterprises presents Slowplayer, an installation by Jem Finer that interrelates sound, sculpture and film. At extreme slow speed the spin of a record player is reduced to a glacial crawl, the record to seismic rumbling. The record player becomes an object of contemplation, a meditation on the passing of time, gathering dust, entropic. The six-hour duration of each record is reconstructed through time lapse into a film the length of the original duration, assembled in real time, and projected against the wall.
MOT presents a new installation by Michael J. Schumacher. Room Piece London 2005 fills the space with sounds that are customized for the room by creating an installation that matches the acoustical and architectural properties of the space. The piece entitled Room Piece London 2005 is created in real time by computer algorithm, never repeating. The sounds are constantly recontextualized by their placement within a texture of other sounds thus mask, reinforce and filter other sounds in a continuous perceptual shifting of the sonic elements.
At Fortescue Avenue, o.blaatâ€™s Aboard: fillip2 is a site-specific installation piece created for a cargo container located in the galleryâ€™s backyard. Aboard: fillip2 combines performance, sculpture and light. A 5 feet long light bulb flickers on and off with no regular pattern, commanded by a computer from which sound is generated. The room can be totally dark for 5-10 seconds. The sound that fills the room is actually subtle, restrained and minimal. It is impossible to tell if the light is controlling the sound or the vice versa.
Visitors can follow the thread of sound around Londonâ€™s East end, starting a sonic journey at any of the three galleries. A tour has been organized for Saturday 9 July.
The second aspect of the project is a night of sound and music performances on Friday 01 July at Tate Britain, as part of the Late at Tate series. Featuring Dawn Scarfe and Jem Finer, Brandon LaBelle, Mathias Gmachl, o.blaat and Michael J Schumacher, expect a range of performances in a variety of Tate Britain galleries.
The last facet takes a written format in a Sound Art issue of Resonance Magazine, which observes practices located between sound, music and art through the investigation of various applications of sound by artists, from Christian Marclayâ€™s turntable experiments or Friedrich JÃ¼rgensonâ€™s concept of Electronic Voice Phenomenon, to Bill Fontanaâ€™s controversial public sound projects. The magazine is accompanied by a CD featuring the work of six internationally renowned sound artists: farmersmanual, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Douglas Henderson, Brandon LaBelle, o.blaat and Michael J Schumacher. Contributing writers include artists and critics: Alfredo Genovesi, Mathias Gmachl, Elisabeth Penker, Thibaut de Ruyter, Mark Schreiber and John Wynne.
Two radio programs on Londonâ€™s radio art station Resonance104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com) will introduce the artistsâ€™ work and broadcast a discussion around the issue of presentation and reception of sound art.
Curated by Anna Colin and Tobi Maier
For more information and press images, please contact Tobi Maier at phone + 44 (0) 7944 880 357
A guided tour led by Jem Finer will take place on Saturday 9 July: meeting point at Alma Enterprises on 1 Vyner St at 12.30pm.
VENUE DETAILS SIX SITES FOR SOUND
Alma Enterprises, 1 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG +44 (0) 7913 653 910,
1 â€“ 31 July 2005 / Friday â€“ Sunday: 12 â€“ 6pm
MOT, Unit 54, 5th floor, Regents Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN +44 (0) 20 7923 9561, http://www.motinternational.org
1 â€“ 31 July 2005 / Friday â€“ Sunday: 12 â€“ 5pm
Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner, 33 Fortescue Avenue, London E8 3QB +44 (0) 7968 548 764,
1 â€“ 31 July 2005 / Friday â€“ Sunday: 12 â€“ 6pm
Radio programs on Resonance 104.4FM in central London and
http://www.resonancefm.com worldwide: Tuesday 28 June & Thursday 7 July, 7-8.30pm
Late at Tate Britain, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG: Friday 01 July, 6-10pm
Resonance Magazine Supplement Sound Art, available in selected record and book shops and through London Musicians' Collective, Room 3.6, Lafone House, 11-13 Leathermarket Street, London SE1 (Â£5+Â£1pp)