Above video clip: The Organ of Organs, or the Multi Headed Hydra during Tuning in a Vacuum
Tuning in a Vacuum is a 40 minute live performance of seven new sound-based sculptures. Materials, space and sound played out in a politics of negotiation, the physicality of the sculptures’ structural and audio qualities shaping the dynamics of the performers’ collaborations, as each encounter with the objects presents something new.
The theme of pairs runs through the piece. The bronze age Sussex trumpet, discovered down a well, is one of the earliest musical instruments from the area, and similar ancient trumpets have often been found discarded as pairs, suggesting their use in ritual.
Duets between objects and performers developed into trios, quads and quintets across different bodies, becoming multi-limbed with audio phasing and reverberations that varied in scale from minute to expansive. The live reflections and connections that the sculptures enabled, led us beyond sound into a space where performers and sculptures began to merge with one another.
Textiles and hand dyes that covered the sound absorbers and the handmade costumes were inspired by the work of local artist Ethel Mairet whose textiles practice involved foraging local plants to make hand dyes. The installation and its moving architectural infrastructure was informed by the Bauhaus stage and canteen as a collective experimental space.
Tuning in a Vacuum was performed by Luke Birch, Claire Godsmark, Emma Lindsay, Claudia Kappenberg and Rita Evans.
Movement Advisor Yael Flexer.
Live Sound by Suzie Burrows.
Curated by Noelle Collins, Exhibitions & Offsite Curator, Towner Eastbourne.
Supported by The Foundation Foundation Emerging Artist Award.