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DIA by Day/ Bard by night

Onward with my photos. While we were at the museum this day working on sound design stuff we had an interesting meeting with the conservationist of the museum. She pretty much took us into each sculpture and showed the damage that has been done to each of them. Any hand mark, shoe mark, graffiti, yes, people wrote their names into some of them, animals....anything, even rubbing your shoulder on the side of the walls of the sculptures damage them and cannot be fixed. In my sculpture there are even shoe marks ABOVE your head from people that actually try to climb the sculpture. No class, so tragic.

Every once in a while they will close the gallery and spray water on the pieces to encourage oxidation like what you see below....

One of the things I love about the DIA:Beacon is it's representation of "chance art" and the idea of time and deterioration as part the work. So I was really inspired walking around the museum and seeing all of the Robert Smithson pieces. Here's a close up of his shards glass piece....this is an interesting idea about letting gravity control the look of the piece, very natural in approach, but when it was put in a "natural" setting it actually caused harm to the curious animals and some deer ended up cutting themselves while trying to understand what it was.

I'm really into rocks and salt lately. Everything I'm doing with my store is focused on this idea of random placement.

I really loved being surrounded by the Smithson pieces, but I couldn't help but notice the concrete floors and the shoe scuffs that surrounded each piece. So Cy Twombley.

While walking around the Serra gallery I was reminded of my favorite architect Louis Kahn and his approach of never adding a sealed finish to the walls of his buildings. Same as the Serra, the beauty of deterioration, one should see the flaws in the space. Some say that Louis Kahn had an affinity for this approach because as a child he was badly burned on his face that left large scars.

The Merce map of the Serra Gallery.

And now it's time for: WHAT'S INSIDE THOSE MICHAEL HEIZER'S???!!!!!!

Since we had the museum to ourselves we saw that the door to the Negative Sculptures from Michael Heizer was open. So we snuck in and I took some rare photos of the insides of the pieces. Normally you're only allowed to look from a partition and can never see the inside...

The Cube:
The Cone:

The Rectangle:
The Cylinder:
A random cart with lots of wires.
An old Leslie amp, we wanted to use them but they didn't work....nuts....

Off to Bard to perform for the summer MFA program.

The performance went really well. We each did one solo and then did a quartet type deal. It was short and sweet. Afterwards we had an open Q & A about our work. A lot of the students wanted to understand my approach and my equipment, so I started talking my work and how I no longer record any of my pieces because I am no longer focused on releasing my work, but rather concentrating on the moment. I was afraid that the guys wouldn't be open to the idea, but they were really into it and we had a really interesting discussion about recording and improvised music.

While we were discussing the issue of recording versus not recording, one student asked me to explain my process of my set up. So I figure that now would be a great time to show you guys how my set up works:

ON THE CHAIR- I always have a chair set up next to me with new records that I have purchased for each particular performance. In this group I have been playing with some "Non Such" recordings of Peruvian music and music from Chiapas. Also have been playing a record called "Groupies" which is a 1960's recording of a bunch of groupies talking about having sex with rockstars. It's AH-MAY-ZING!! And I've also been using a Peruvian record of singer Yma Sumac. Her voice was something crazy, like a 6 octave vocal range or something. When you slow a portion of the record down it makes a really nice warm tone, so I used that a lot.
So on the left side of my set up are pieces of records that I have broken apart from past performances. These pieces give me a nice dry sound when I need it. It's like the sonic version of a Robert Smithson piece. Where ever the pieces land is where they make their sound. It's one of my favorite things to do.
From broken pieces into 45's, some with the large middle hole, some without, they're good to use when I need to loop a regular LP. The one record with the red stuff is actually rubber paint that I slowly peeled off. When the rubber is pulled tawt it make little guitar noises that the needle picks up when its resting on the record.
Then it goes into my ruined records that I made in the beginning of my career. I have found that I no longer have to ruin any record I buy because I know exactly how to make what ever sound I want. I think these ruined guys have a nice plethora of sound to work with. It's definatley still part of my vocabulary.
To the right are sound effects records that I have collected over the years but haven't had a need to keep them by my side. But every once in a while I'll use them, it just depends on the moment.

Then there's the records on my lap, which conisists of about 15 records. Some are environment records, teaching children how to read, test tone records, records that Dieter cut for me for our performance in Vienna and many more. So there you have it, my set up. 

Here's a MIDI studio in the music department, reminded me of the good 'ol days in Audio school. It was funny, throughout the whole time I was at the college, I had this nagging feeling like I didn't finish my homework or something.

Marina Rosenfeld and her twins. Marina set up our performance at the school and we have been meaning to get together and talk shop, so it was nice to hang out with her after the performance:

Her little potatoes, running around.....

We had a picnic and it turned out that a German composer was visiting the school as a guest professor, so we had a nice little chat about how much I love Berlin and want to live there someday.

School food, wasn't too bad...

The kids loved the park and were so sweet running around and giggling.

After the long dat I went with Stephan back to Merce's studio in NYC and he took me to the catacombs of the studio. When I got there I was greeted by all of the instrument cases with Gordon Mumma's name on one case, conch shells that were originally John Cage's from decades past, and some instruments that once belonged to David Tudor. It was like an unintentional museum of contemporary music. Amazing...

So that's all for today, more tomorrow of the rest of the residency and photos of the performance itself.


May 15 2010

Brecht Forum with Gene Coleman

Brooklyn, New York, US

May 18 2010

Outpost 186, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Boston, Massachusetts, US

May 19 2010

Strange, May 2010 Tour with Seeded Plain

Portland, Maine

May 20 2010

L’Envers, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Montreal, Quebec, CA

May 21 2010

May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Toronto, CA

May 22 2010

Dreamland Theater, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Detroit, Michigan

May 23 2010

Robinwood Concert House, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Toledo, Ohio

May 25 2010

Enemy, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Chicago, Illinois

May 26 2010

Sugar Maple, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Milwaukee, WI

May 27 2010

The Ritz Theater, May Tour 2010 w/ Seeded Plain

Minneapolis, MN

May 28 2010

Progressive, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Ames, Iowa

May 29 2010

Bemis Center, MAY 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Omaha, Nebraska

May 30 2010

Clawfoot House, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Lincoln, Nebraska

Jun 13 2010

Whitebox Gallery

NYC, New York

Jul 1 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Marina Rosenfeld

NYC, New York

Jul 2 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Elliot Sharp

NYC, New York

Jul 3 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Elliot Sharp

NYC, New York

Jul 4 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Elliot Sharp

NYC, New York

Jul 9 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Marina Rosenfeld

NYC, New York

Jul 11 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Alan Licht and Lee Ranaldo

NYC, New York