Rob Carter – “The Measure of a Vine”, 2015
Two channel ultra HD video, 5 mins 15 seconds
In this video the vigorous growth and graceful movement of the noxious weed kudzu is visualized in a two-channel video. It combines scientific methodology devised by Charles Darwin and digital time-lapse technology to present two contrasting ways of perceiving and experiencing this controversial plant over a five-day period. Despite huge strides in the biological sciences, mimicking a 19th century experiment set up a symbiotic relationship between plant and artist, revealing our troublesome inability to comprehend ‘plant-time’ or the ‘plant-intelligence’ that we rely on for survival.
Managed to win my bidding for these three vintage drum synths at the VEIMA auction that just finished
YES – another HUMDRUM! Love the sound of the one I have & they are super rare….
The Seak Drum brain was apparently made in Czechoslovakia in the mid 1980s and the RYAN Sounds is apparently a very rare drum/drone analog module something between Simmons/Moog synth, sounds can be “very very low to very high” and its brand new old stock, so never been used!
Also got another Doepfer G6 rack (I am out of space on my modular & unused modules floating around is a waste) and some Analogue Systems patch cables but there was also one surprise, this:
Ever seen one before? Or heard one?
Its apparently a YENO ‘les jeux du savoir’ – I think its a French Speak & Spell? (translates as Knowledge Games) – “should be excellent for circuit bending (or can be used like that as well) moreover, Yeno will come with its original box, original documents, and 3 cartridges ( great cartridge ‘Module VOCAL’ is included!)”
I didnt remember actually bidding on it, but it didn’t cost much & is very intriguing….
Just got to get all these atoms from UK to NZ now!
The first work I ever experienced by Carsten Nicolai was back in London in 2000, looking through the Time Out guide as to what concerts & exhibitions were on I came across mention of a german artist and his ‘Sound Art’ work, so I went along not knowing what to expect…
The work involved a series of shallow water filled trays, lying on top of a grid of subwoofers – you heard and felt the deep tones before entering the gallery but the lighting was such that the patterns formed on the surface of the water were projected on to the walls of the gallery… It was one of those beautiful minimalist concepts, where what appears as a simple idea creates profoundly complex outcomes. It was beautiful and despite it being a decade and a half ago, I remember it like it was yesterday….
I’ve managed to see a number of his works over the years, usually in Japan and while I have also seen Alva Noto perform a few times (both here in NZ once & in Kyoto) it is his sound art practice that interests me more.
This is a hefty book with beautifully photographed works, an interview spread across five or six pages and a career long documentation of his works… Highly reccomended!