Ice Music for Chicago
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.