This mix of the Morrad+McArthur composition “Restless“ was recorded live over the internet and aired on Wave Farm radio Saturday April 18 2018. The video was cut for our contribution to a symposium of artistic process and practice at Bath Spa University. The symposium is staged simultaneously with the exhibition Documents, Alternatives (#3) at BSAD gallery at Bath Spa University, which is open to the public 20th April – 1st May 2018. The exhibition and symposium are part of the Alternative Document, a project by Dr. Angela Bartram, Associate Professor and Head of Arts Research, at University of Derby.
There are several versions of this recorded now…this is probably the most civilised. Sax (London), drones and guitar (Sydney), streetnoise (Chongqing).
A Lack of Chairs
This video is based on a chance encounter of three sonic assemblages; each of these entities seeks continuity but originates from a disparate place. Originally, the sonic linked themselves together through time, meeting each other through random actions, some of which only will only occur once. These entities have been sourced and gathered from various situations located from London to Sydney, and in this incarnation, are meeting together in a middle ground; the situated context of the video. This ‘meeting’ is a reflection on the working methods of both practitioners.
This video is part of the Documents, Alternatives #3 exhibition curated by Ang Bartram at B-Side Gallery (Bath Spa University): 20 April-11 May 2018.
For more information about this work and the exhibition and symposium check out our previous post on this event.
Itinerant Mind has a new timeslot on Wave Farm
. Hear us three hours earlier from this month – We’ll be playing our mix of improvised telematic noise at 11:00am Eastern US time every third Saturday of the month. That’s good news for listeners in Australia.
Listen back to this month’s broadcast of Itinerant Mind on WaveFarm Radio WGXC90.7 FM by Morrad+McArthur which aired on April 21. “Telemosis” takes in live and telematic improvisations, work related to our involvement with the most recent Documents, Alternatives (#3) symposium and exhibition in Bath, and some of our ongoing Project Anywhere research outputs.
Annie Morrad will be performing a live improvisation at the upcoming Documents, Alternatives Symposium at Bath School of Art and Design on Fri, April 20, 2018. Annie will be accompanied by a video by Ian McArthur. This is a prelude to our work “A Lack of Chairs” which is featured in the Documents, Alternatives exhibition at B-Side Gallery (Bath Spa University): 20 April-11 May 2018.
‘Documents, Alternatives (#3)’ is an exhibition that includes time-based works that rely on performative process and created experience, which aims to resolve this issue by making the document and artwork reflexive.
Documents, Alternatives is curated by Angela Bartram and develops the curatorial concerns initiated within The Alternative Document, 2016, an exhibition and symposium staged at ProjectSpacePlus, Lincoln, 2015. Documents, Alternatives has been unfolding over a series of exhibitions and symposia at Airspace Gallery (Stoke on Trent): 17 November – 16 December 2017; Verge Gallery, Sydney, 18 January – 24 February); B-Side Gallery (Bath Spa University): 20 April – 11 May 2018; ONCA Gallery (Brighton) as part of Brighton Digital Festival: 21 September – 8 October 2018.
The documentation of ephemeral artwork, works made to be transient, changeable and un-fixed, is often problematic for the intent and premise of creation as it aligns itself with a particular moment, place and viewpoint in time. Lens-based methods are mostly relied upon to communicate actuality and happening and to fix the un-fixed memory of the artwork, and this is part of that problem. Effectively, this type of documentary device works in opposition to the concept of the artwork, cementing into a fragmentary history when all it wants is to be fleeting in its temporality. The lens-made recording tends to generalise vision and, by extension, it does not fully communicate the experience of ‘being there’ and present. This is problematic for artwork whose very premise is to be transient and time-based, and for which direct experience is a priority.
‘Documents, Alternatives (#3)’ is an exhibition that includes time-based works that rely on performative process and created experience, which aims to resolve this issue by making the document and artwork reflexive. In doing this it acknowledges their need for change so that they remain continuous and in process through staging a practical and thought provoking visual discussion. The symposium accompanies this exhibition at BSAD, and acts in response to process with artistic practice and the experience of the artwork. It situates a series of opportunities for the experience of process through a structure of colloquialism adjacent to the exhibition, to open the nature of artistic process to critical debate. To enable a dialogue about process (as that exhibited and that discussed) informed by both academic and creative domains, symposium speakers are the artists with work in the accompanying exhibition.
The opening of the exhibition follows the symposium, to which delegates are warmly invited.