ISSUE Project Room : an open and versatile environment in which established and emerging artists conduct, exhibit and perform new and site-specific work
About ISSUE Project Room
katiskelton on 11/17/2011 at 12:21PM
This weekend ISSUE will feature a few awesome performances as part of our Everyday Experimental series. Drawing its inspiration from commonplace activities and inconsequential sounds of the everyday, ISSUE Project Room will present a series of performances and talks with Alison Knowles (FREE, 11/17), a new work by Moniek Darge followed by electroacoustic collaborations with Françoise Vanhecke and Graham Lambkin (11/18), and a sound installation by Annea Lockwood (11/14-11/19) along with a performance by Lois Svard of Lockwood’s Ear-Walking Woman and a multi-channel sound piece by Chicago based composer Olivia Block (11/19). Through an intergenerational dialogue, Everyday Experimental looks at the work of three historically significant female artists and maps relevant contemporary practices. A few recordings after the jump!
Alison Knowles' interest in beans can be traced back to a day in 1968 when a spontaneous encounter between a Japanese temple chime and a few black beans from the pantry of her New York studio produced an improvised instrument. Over forty years later, Knowles has collected a vast array of these tiny edible legumes, using them as instruments, sculptures, and poetic muses. Tonight, Thursday, 11/17/11 at ISSUE, Alison Knowles will present a FREE performance of two famed pieces: Loose Pages and one of her Bean Scores, the latter of which will be performed by cellist Alex Waterman.
Prepare yourself for the brain-penetrating waves of the bean with the selections below. In the radio play "The Whale Shark Rhinodon," Knowles recounts the tale of a deep-sea fish and its eventual beaching, as described by early 20th-century marine biologist Barton Appeler Bean. This dual-voiced spoken word piece evinces the notion that the beans can (and will) affect your dreams. In "Sounds from the Book of Bean," a 16-minute recording inspired by a book so large you can actually travel through it, sit on a chair on page 9, and perform (evidently) a bean score in it, Knowles uses various instrumental "bean turners" made of paper and other household objects to create a soundscape vibrating and flickering with bean motion. I'm almost positive there's a bean mouthwash segment--let me know what you think.
"Sounds from the Book of Bean" was actually recorded in Annea Lockwood's studio in 1981, around the time Lockwood started recording her sound maps. Field recordings of rivers all over the globe are arranged as sonic tours from the source of the stream to its emptying in the ocean, capturing the complexity of flowing waters' rhythms and pitches. Below is an excerpt from Lockwood's current installation at ISSUE, running through 11/19, "A Sound Map of the Housatonic River." Email firstname.lastname@example.org to stop by and listen, or come out on 11/19 to see Lois Svard perform Lockwood's Ear-Walking Woman on prepared piano.