Ice Music for Chicago

Photos: Paul Crisanti 2017, OntheReelFilms 2017.

IDEA: Matter in transition becomes a musical instrument, destruction as a focal-point for dramatic expression. 

WHAT: In 'ICED BODIES: Ice Music for Chicago', cellist and artist Seth Parker Woods explores and eventually destroys a black ice cello with embedded hydrophones resting on a custom-built platform and ice reservoir. The strikes, taps, scrapes, and gouges are translated into sound by artist Spencer Topel who diffuses these sounds across glass panels suspended around the gallery. 

WHY: To re-address the iconic 1972 work Ice Music for London by Jim McWilliams for Charlotte Moorman, through a sonified 3D fabricated ice cello. The work programmatically engages the cellist by supplanting the cold body—the frozen body—of those lost to mental illness and violence in the African-American community, with that of the ice cello. 

BY: Seth Parker Woods and Spencer Topel (U.S.) at the at the Arts Club of Chicago.

Cinematography: Ben Kolak, Scrappers Film Group
Video Editing: Spencer Topel and Ben Kolak
Sound: Ben Kolak

Photos: Paul Crisanti 2017, OntheReelFilms 2017.

Photos: Paul Crisanti 2017, OntheReelFilms 2017.

Iced Bodies (Documentary) A documentary by Ben Kolak Topel & Woods copyright 2017.
Cinematography: Ben Kolak, Scrappers Film Group
Video Editing: Ben Kolak
Images: with permission from the Moorman Archive, Topel Woods 2017.
Sound: Ben Kolak

Photos: Paul Crisanti 2017, OntheReelFilms 2017.