Instrumental is a performance installation that explores sound’s engagement with time and process, and the productive tensions between the notions of sound-as-object and sound-as-becoming.
The installation uses recordings from an intensive six-day series of improvisations (open daily to the public) and remaps them across the space of LEAP, creating a sound environment that will be altered daily by the artists.
The work culminates in a live performance event on Saturday April 6th in which Mario Asef and Gilles Aubry will play in collaborative response to the installation’s sound.
From March 5th to March 10th, 2012 Pierre Gerard, Andy Graydon, and David Papapostolou shared a studio at Q-O2, the residency program for experimental contemporary music and sound art in Brussels.
The six days were divided into morning and evening sessions, each lasting between three and five hours, during which the three artists performed durational free improvisations, developed rules-based systems for guiding behavior and sound making, and engaged in extended conversation about how to proceed and what might or might not be taking shape between and around them.
The trio found themselves engaged primarily in three modes of action that, while formative of the sound, were also outside of (or virtual to) the moment of sound-making itself: Briefly, they could be identified as listening, writing, and recording.
What could be the result of the interaction of these three approaches, these languages? At the end of their collective work the artists found that what they were creating was not a performance, not a composition, not a record, but a kind of instrument.
This instrument is part process, part material, and part spatial experiment. This presentation at LEAP represents the first reconstruction of this instrument-installation and its premiere outside of Q-O2.
Installation by Pierre Gerard, Andy Graydon, and David Papapostolou
Performance: Saturday 6.4.2013, 20:00
with Andy Graydon, Mario Asef and Gilles Aubry
Installation: 2.-7.4.2013, 12:00-18:00 Tue-Sun
LEAP | Berlin Carré, 1. Floor | Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13 | 10178 Berlin/Mitte