Sound & Visual Exhibition:
8 July Friday 4-7pm
9 & 10 July Saturday & Sunday 2:30-6:30pm
Running time : 20 minutes. Free entry.
In the tower room of church Sankt Michael Cologne, two small loudspeakers are suspended from the 12-meter-high bell tower with thin wires.
Connected through the network, two members of [ _ _ _ ], Li Song and Jia Liu perform live from London and Karlsruhe respectively. The sound reaches the site through the loudspeakers and is listened to and recorded by Shuoxin Tan, the third performer and the only person on-site. The audience is only able to hear through Shuoxin, as she moves through the room with a binaural microphone in an auditory choreography and interplays with the small loudspeakers. Song and Jia observe her spatial movements and react to them with their live-coded sound patterns. In this site-specific performance, the loudspeakers are not only senders of sound but also the receiver of the entire space. Because of the instability of the installation and the characteristics of the tower room, unperceivable signals existing in the space will be picked up and become part of the result.
Each individual involved in this event becomes “Der dritte Körper” – the 3 performers on-site and remote, the sound installation and the noise in the space, as well as the attentively listening ears of the audience and the spaces they are in. The small tower room turns into a micro-cosmos of sound, during this 20 minutes of the performance.
Project concept: [ _ _ _ ] | Shuoxin Tan (Cologne), Jia Liu (Karlsruhe), Li Song (London)|
Project organisation, sound installation: Shuoxin Tan
Programming, live-coding in SuperCollider: Li Song, Jia Liu
Video Recording: Shuoxin Tan, Jia Liu
“Three placeholders sitting in a room between empty spaces.” This is how the ensemble [ _ _ _ ] describes itself. It was founded in 2020 by the artists Li Song, Shuoxin Tan and Jia Liu, (to compose music for the network. Li Song is a musician and software developer based in London. He composes music for computers and acoustic instruments. Shuoxin Tan was born in Beijing and works as a composer and sound artist in Cologne. She researches algorithmic acoustics, sound ontology and Lacanian topology. Jia Liu is a composer and computer music performer. She lives in Karlsruhe and is currently working on algorithmic music and composition for autonomous systems.
The three members share the same interest in algorithmic acoustics and composition, SuperCollider and live coding. Can algorithms be collaborative? What happens when the Borromean knot is applied to network structures for collaborative algorithmic composition?
Photo by [ _ _ _ ]