What to expect at Art Basel PART II
IDEA: A run up to Art Basel 2016, what sound and music related art can we expect.
WHAT: PART II. Art Basel stages the world's premier modern and contemporary art fairs, staged annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. A driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in nurturing the careers of their artists, Art Basel frequently expands its platforms to include the newest developments in the visual arts.
WHY: It underlines the relevance of emerging sound and music inspired art.
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Chelpa Ferro, Jungle Jam, 2010. The hand-held blenders of Jungle Jam spin everyday plastic bags to create a whirlwind of rhythmic sound. They are controlled by a box called ‘Bighead,’ which determines their random movements via a computer program. This musical experiment reflects upon a culture of innovative resistance, which opposes modern technology-driven society by developing imaginative resources for art and music. By shifting and interchanging the visual, sculptural, and aural qualities, Chelpa Ferro stresses the interdisciplinary possibilities enabled by technology, and associates consumerism with the noise of daily life.
Stan Douglas, Luanda-Kinshasa, 2013. Douglas’s six-hour film Luanda-Kinshasa expands upon his interest in the African origins of the early 1970s New York music scene, while exploring notions of migration and the synthesis of cultural histories.
Gilberto Zorio, Microfoni, 1968. ‘Microfoni (Microphones) forms part of a group of works devoted to the word… to words – to possible phrases that can be intertwined, constructed or deconstructed. “Microphones” are positioned differently every time they are shown, as suggested by the space. “Microphones” are waiting to be used. “Microphones” can be used by getting up on concrete blocks, which are themselves made mobile by ball bearings. The words or sentences spoken into the “Microphones” are amplified and repeated with an echo effect until they fill the space, and then disperse and fade away, possibly awaiting new arrivals, new “messages,” new echoes.’ (Gilberto Zorio)
On Kawara, One Million Years, 2008. Sound recording of long number poem "One Million Years" by On Kawara, read alternately by two voices.
Lantian Xie, Yan Can Cook, 2015. A close-up image of celebrity chef Martin Yan displaying his famously quick knife-work, from his hit TV show Yan Can Cook, looping endlessly on a carousel slide projector. Alongside, the familiar sounds of his knife, chopping rapidly in sequence against a cutting board, looping on vinyl record. Together, the sounds of the two devices syncopate toward a melody.
Glenda León, "Metamorfosis I", 2016