percussion | electronics | improvisation | interdisciplinary
The third LUCA biennale ‘Let Yourself Fall’ invited different people to comment on the contemporary art works in the exhibition. I was invited to comment with sound, which resulted in two pre-recorded improvisations and two live performances. I selected the works ‘Chapter 2.0’ and ‘Virtual Ground’ for expanding the experience with sounds, while I performed in the red chapter-room. I also created a soundscape for the trailer with a drone-video of ‘Yours Truly, Mary’. Each work is improvised with percussion and lsl.lpsr.
This improvisation is a comment on the art-work 'Chapter 2.0' by Fijn Atelier. The work shows the contour of a virtual chapter-room in the garden of the Abbey 'Keizersberg' in Leuven. The room is documented on a sketch of the initial building plan, but was never realized. I populated the room with a discussion about the origin of the universe from a religious and a scientific perspective, a tension which was present in the 'real' chapter-room during the exhibition. The religiously-decorated chapter-room was filled in red light and contained a prototype of the kilogram and a manuscript by priest-scientist Georges Lemaître, the father of the Big Bang theory. The texts used are Genesis 1 and 2/1-3 and the article, originally appeared in Nature, ‘The beginning of the world from the point of view of quantum theory’ by Georges Lemaître.
This improvisation is a comment on the art-work 'Virtual Ground' by Ief Spincemaille. Virtual Ground is a glass-shaped mirror which the spectator has to put under the eyes and walk around with. The work creates the feeling of constantly falling. This track intensifies that feeling by using a shepard-tone-sampler for the improvisation, creating the idea of a constant downward glissando on the vibraphone. It starts as a single tone and expands and contracts again, connecting with the idea of the expanding universe as explained by Georges Lemaître.
The real chapter-room, decorated as a religious room, was infiltrated by science with a prototype of the kilogram and a text by priest-scientist Georges Lemaître, who is the father of the Big Bang Theory. The room was filled with a red light, representing the first light in the universe, according to Lemaître. I did two performances in this room, representing the idea of first light and the expansion of the universe in sound as the origin of one sound expanding into noise.
I also created a short soundscape for the trailer of the exhibition, which was a drone recording of the work 'Yours Truly, Mary', which presents a statue of Virgin Mary with a backpack.