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“Correspondences” 15.

Happy New Year to all reading this.

Recent workings and research over the past years have concentrated upon the “Correspondences” between the senses, and the encapsulating of time within music and sound via hybrid collaborative performances and interventions. It is work that relates to this that fascinates me, albeit either via painting, Music, sound art, poetry or via media. The performances I undertake are most often cross collaborative in nature and question the ontological status of the artwork left.

Correspondences were the overriding theme of a conversation I attended last month at the British Library between the American artist Christian Marclay and the Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda. It was a fascinating to hear and see Ikeda speaking about how light and sound were as one for him. He also mentioned that he deliberately threw away his pallete, instead insisting on concentrating upon tonal shifts relating to Data, speaking eloquently about randomness and the accidental. Marclay  is fascinating and I felt it was rather a shame there was not more discussion about his own work as Ikeda’s wprk Sphere was the focus.  His exceptional 2010 durational piece “The 24 hour Clock” is one of the greatest recent pieces on the nature of time.  ‘Time is everything’ Marclay and Ikeda agreed and both acknowledged the influence of John Cage’s work on their respective works. In response to my own question about time in their respective work, Marclay spoke about how time differs in his experience of Improvisation and also upon viewing art in a gallery, becoming unaware of time in opposition to the composition of music, which is heavily structured and dependent on time. All these ideas and questions fascinate me. Both Ikeda and Marclay’s work is mesmerising and all consuming, and I couldn’t help thinking of the experience of meditation in relation to their time based work.

In recent intense interventions in art galleries and concert halls of my own, a score of sorts via sounds is created and now I am devoting time to analyzing some of this work musically, reinterpreting the painted images left via sound.  I am also re-examining the notation in conjunction with to these paintings and was recently given some copies of Messiaen scores, which I am also looking at in relation to my own painted responses over many years. This was in part prompted by a comment that Art Historian Richard Cork made when viewing one of my paintings asking me if I could remember certain chords played to a certain mark I had made.

While on the subject of visual music, The other week just before Christmas time I went to see the latest Gerhard Richter show at the impressive and elegant Marion Goodman Gallery in London which had two fantastic large subtle grey pieces in response to the music of Arvo Part. Recently I have been listening to incredible distorted minimal sounds of Son0))) and I couldn’t help thinking that their monumental music would have fitted perfectly with some of the incredible Richard Serra sculptures currently on show at the Gagosian Gallery in London.

There has also been some recent fascinating shows directly relating and interfacing music and earlier this year on this theme called “Part File Score” at the Hamburger Bahnhoff by the sound artist Susan Philipsz. The show looked at the interplay between sound, notation and displacement. There is also a show in Zurich at the moment, called “The Present Moment in B-Flat” by the artist Anri Sala, who also looks at the capturing of time in music via video installation, whose work was so powerfully displayed a few years ago at the Serpentine Gallery. It is this feeling of displacement between the moment, and the different experiences of time, which are the themes I continue to explore via performance, objects and film.

Listening to:

Flying Lotus: “You’re Dead”

D’Angelo “Black Messiah”

Tru Thought’s  Unfold on Mix Cloud

Quantic: Magnetica.

Aphex Twin: Syro

SunnO))) and Scott Walker “ Soused”

Ligetti  “Clear or Cloudy” Collected works.


Brian Eno-Visual Music.

Oskar Fischinger-Experiments in Cinematic Abstraction.

John Gage- Colour and Meaning.

Simon Shaw Miller-Eye hEar.

POSTED: 01/9/15 3:36 PM