31.1.2020 at 18:30
Sitting for decades – Symposium Day 1
artist(s): Olivier Pestiaux (BE), Guy Frisch (LU), Linnea Semmerling (DE), Ever Present Orchestra (CH), Teresa Cos (IT, UK)
18:30 – 19:30 Progression
performance by plastic artist Olivier Pestiaux (BE) and musician Guy Frisch (United Instruments of Lucilin, LU)
The first performance of Alvin Luciers I am sitting in a room took place in 1970 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in the form of a loudspeaker concert. Accompanying and in sync with the sound, video artist Mary Lucier projected the individual Polaroid photos of her Polaroid Image Series. This represents a visual analogy to Lucier's tape piece: a Polaroid photo of a living room was photographed with the same camera, the resulting photo was photographed again, etc.
Progression refers to both the acoustic and visual output-to-input process of Mary and Alvin Lucier's works. However, unlike the Luciers, where both works of art were created independently of one another and were presented in parallel during the premiere, Progression is the experiment of linking the visual and acoustic levels in series and making them dependent on each other. The artist Olivier Pestiaux and the musician Guy Frisch are invited to carry out a translation process every day. While Pestiaux draws a graphic representation of Frisch's music, Frisch plays a musical representation of Pestiaux drawing.
19:30 – 21:00 Re-re-re-recording: The Lucier method in contemporary art
conference with Linnea Semmerling (DE)
Born 1989 in Hannover, Germany, Linnea Semmerling is a curator, researcher, and writer based in Brussels, Belgium. She is currently finalising her PhD project Listening on Display: Exhibiting Sounding Artworks 1960s-now at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Semmerling holds a MA in Art Studies from the University of Amsterdam and was assistant curator at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, where she organised exhibitions by, among others, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Ryoji Ikeda. Her curatorial and research interests concern socially engaged artistic practices and the relationships between technologies, institutions and the senses.
21:30 – 22:30 Ever Present Orchestra (CH)
The Ever Present Orchestra is dedicated to the presentation of the exceptional work of Alvin Lucier. The orchestra attempts to make Lucier’s beating-pattern-focused instrumental music approachable to a wide audience with its uncommon instrumentation of four electric guitars, three saxophones, four violins and piano. Along with classical musicians, the presence of prominent Lucier interpreters such as Stephen O’Malley and Oren Ambarchi, allows for the ensemble to appeal to a wider audience than the conventional contemporary music scene.
The Orchestra was founded by Bernhard Rietbrock during the 85th Birthday Festival of Alvin Lucier at the Zurich University of the Arts. It was named after Lucier’s composition Ever Present (2002). Its unusual instrumentation came about as a result of the adaption for electric guitars of the Lucier piece Hanover (2015). Alvin Lucier kindly supports this initiative, was involved in the naming of the Ever Present Orchestra, and has recently composed a new piece for the ensemble titled Semicircle (2017).
22:30 The archive of loops: Open recording session
performance by Teresa Cos (IT, UK)
The Archive of Loops is an expanding archive of sound improvisations, which the artist regularly performs and records in her studio. Making use of looper and effect pedals she generate layers of sound through a multitude of sources which include voice, guitar, percussions and found instruments, playing with notions of order, disorder and collective memory formation. Each session is recorded encapsulating room and accidental sounds and is archived unedited. The archive is the source material for compositions that play along with the artist’s films and installations and crystallises in yearly releases. For this occasion she will perform an open recording session of the archive, which will include live sampling and manipulation of the live digital broadcast of the BBC international radio stations.
Teresa Cos makes use of improvisation and reiteration techniques to create audiovisual works which investigate the active and passive forms of repetition at the bases of human emotional and social processes. Her work offers a multi-scaled re-reading of history through an embodied experience of cultural and political landscapes, reflecting the tension between situated conditions of birth and forms of displaced nomadic becoming. Often permeated by a sense of tragicomedy, her work ultimately questions notions of proximity and distance, time (ir)reversibility and memory accumulation, as they emerge from the intersection of multiple converging time-lines. Presentations of her film works, installations and live performances include: ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, WIELS Contemporary Arts Centre, KANAL - Centre Pompidou, The MAC-Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast, Drodesera/Live Works Festival, bb15, Fondazione Baruchello, the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, Q-O2 and Les Ateliers Claus.
Film collection and distribution: ARGOS Centre for Art and Media